- Keep your priorities straight: If there's one positive thing about recession, it's that it forces us to cut out a lot of the wastefulness and excess. You don't need a Hummer. You need a roof over your head.
- Make a difference to someone: If you can't afford to donate money to charities this year, maybe you can donate time instead. Spend time with someone who is lonely, send a card to a long-lost friend, hold a door open for someone and give them a smile.
- Work out a Plan B: Don't just hope you don't lose your job. Do something proactive to help your company and your job survive. Start thinking what you would do next if you are laid off. Unemployment money might not be there in the future. What can you do to keep the cash coming in?
- Get involved: Our incoming president has a monumental task ahead of him, and he wants your opinions. Join in community forums and share your opinions on how to help rebuild our nation's economy and improve everyone's quality of life.
- Get moving: Stop the excuses and start exercising.
- Give up a bad habit: Cut down on sugary drinks or potato chips or cigarettes. Eat more (locally grown) fruits and vegetables!
- Forgive someone (or everyone): Carrying grudges gets tiresome. Drop them all.
- Watch less TV: Read more books!
I resolve to lead a richer life next year in which I focus on what's really important and don't dwell on the bad things. Hope your new year is safe and happy, and filled with a simpler abundance.