Best New Year resolutions for 2010!

New Year's resolutions are one of the things we love doing right now.
Get fit, shed a few pounds, get out of debt; -are just a few tempting, if predictable, examples, one's likely to consider. In practice, however, these types of promises, are hard to keep because, they usually mean additional work, and sacrifice.
Yet, smallest steps do really make the biggest difference in life. Why not set a few relevant, easy to achieve goals for 2010, instead? Consider these:
1. Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart (Khalil Gibran)
Before you begin to think of what you must be, or do, look at your existing, finer side, first. While nobody's perfect, everybody does have a good side. Let this good side of yours help build your daily life with respect, and appreciation of yourself, your community, and the beautiful nature around us.
2. Tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you what you are (Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin)
Good food need not come from fancy restaurants, or upmarket stores. Good food is the one, that's got pedigree, you know what it is, and where it comes from. Simple, locally grown food makes the best source of supply. It motivates area farmers to deliver quality produce, stimulates the economy, and delivers best, freshest, and most nutritious value for your money. Visit your local farmers' markets, and co-ops, often. You'll be amazed at the choice, available. Once a week trip, will help you appreciate fresh, local goods, again, and the setting, and slower pace there, might just help you get rid of the stress accumulated through daily commuting, and work.
3. Shift from Disposable, to Recycling Society.
Recycling is an easy, and right thing to do. It will save you a little bit of money, too. If you have a garden, organic kitchen waste, such as fruit peels, eggshells, etc. can all be utilised there. Instead of traditional composting in a pile, simply bury the daily leftovers* 1 foot deep, in different garden locations. As they decompose, they will improve quality of your garden soil. That means less money spent on trash disposal, garden fertilizers, and having to deal with vermin. If you live in the country, consider having a few chickens, -it's easily done, and very rewarding, too.
4. Frugal, is a smart household.
Frugality, and sustainability go hand in hand. Teach your children how to appreciate, and respect food. When in season, take them to "pick your own" fruit, and vegetable farms, to acquire good produce, there. Collecting, and saving fruit, and vegetables together, will amount to lots of meaningful fun, and household savings.
5. Turn yours, to edible garden.
Gooseberries, blueberries, strawberries, and apple trees, are not just beautiful, but also practical. Include fruit trees, shrubs, edible flowers, and easy to grow greens to enjoy, year round.
*Animal leftovers, such as meat, and bones, even if burried, will attract pets, and pests, so avoid these.
(Originally published in Examiner)
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