Residents share New Year’s resolutions

By LAURA BROOKHART / Community Columnist

Along with our chosen celebrations of the holiday season, we traditionally turn to a final tradition—that of the New Year’s Resolution.

This past week, I asked members of the Helena community to contribute theirs.

May each find its meaningful place in your own heart!

“I will write down something great that happens every day, put the note in a jar, and read each note December 31, 2017.”—Gretchen Birdwell

“My resolution for 2017 is to cherish those who are around/surround me more. Life is fragile and we need to stop our busy hectic lives to embrace the important things in life—God, family, friends. Take the time to listen to each other and communicate.”—Joy Childers

“From Maya Angelou: ‘Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.’”—Penny Weldon

“Enjoy God, my family, friends & life.”—Jim Weldon

“In 2015, I had a bout with cancer. In 2016, I had two more. I have survived all three. For 2017, I resolve to love more, growl less, and stay mindful of how God blesses my family and me.”—Mike Bratton

“I resolve to make an attempt at songwriting again.”—Steve Norris

“Separating what’s important from what’s irrelevant and realizing that everything I do today is important because I am giving a day of my life for it, so make it worth it.”—Hal Woodman

“My New Year’s resolution is one everyone should consider: To read more books! For pleasure and to keep my mind active!”—Dan Dearing

“My resolution is ‘to encourage all citizens to love where they live’ and become actively involved in beautification efforts. It may be in our own front yards or on a larger scale, but DO something to make the world around you a more beautiful place.”—Chris Van Cleve

“To lose my fluffiness’ and to work toward getting a new ramp and gazebo for the Helena Welcome Center.”—Ron Holly

“To give more than I receive. To listen more than I speak. To follow as much as I lead. To learn more than I teach. And to work hard every day to make a difference in the lives of others.”—Mike Jones