Posted by: ritagone | November 30, 2016

Making the Most of the Last Month of This Year


In one more day we’ll move into the last month of this year.

I don’t know about you, but 2016 seems like a year I’d like to forget in many ways. Lots of sad things happened. Many people were ill, people I care about. Some people died. Although I didn’t know them personally, they formed the background to my early adult years, and now they’re gone. Sad. I can’t remember a worse political election year, with name calling and finger pointing on both sides, to the point that I finally refused to watch any cable news channels until after the election. I’m still hard-pressed to tune in to see what’s happening in the political arena because the hostility is still bubbling. There have been wars and rumors of wars, natural disasters, people who have killed other people.

So I’m making a vow to myself on this day, the eve of December 1, the last month of this not so wonderful year: for the next 31 days, before this year is over, I’m going to make sure that every day I do something positive, write a note to someone, say something to someone that is uplifting, contribute a little bit to help make the world around me a more positive place. No, it won’t change the outcome of world events. It won’t alter the thread of history. But it might just change me for the better. And it might change someone I speak to, call on the phone, spend a longer time talking to than I would normally.

You know what I’m talking about. It’s not rocket science. It’s just common human decency, what goes out the window when we’re rushed, in a negative mode, unfocused and too busy to think about that person standing next to us in a line or that person going through something difficult.

I’ll let you know at the beginning of next year how it impacts me. I may not know how it impacts the people around me, but I surely will have a sense of how different I’m feeling.

And that’s a start!!



  1. What a great reminder! Good blog as usual. We haven’t talked for a while. Anything new? No big news on my end. See you tonight.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Yup. Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. Easier to do when we know the story ends well. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  3. This is a great resolve and an encouragement to all of us to do the same! Although, I do think you do this all year long anyway!

  4. Good word, Rita. I’m inspired 🙂 I look forward to hearing how this goes. DC


    • Thanks, Dudley.

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