New Year’s Resolutions

by Jane Rose

I miss my daily dose of these two!

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  I found it too frustrating when I couldn’t keep them for more than a few minutes, it seemed.  So instead I try to keep to something a little less drastic.  According to, one meaning of “resolve” is “to come to a determination; to make up one’s mind.”  Based on that, I resolve to do something every day, and I bet you do, too.  Maybe it’s simply getting out of bed in the morning!

Ah, the possibilities!

Every day, I resolve to do something to help someone else.  That could simply be to answer a question or hold a door open.  Seems pretty simple, right?  Why not?  In my job, my major resolve is to keep up with my email and keep volunteers coming through our doors. And overall, that helps the families we serve.

I think that all of us here at the Ronald McDonald House share the same resolve.  And I mean staff members and volunteers alike.  Our resolve is to provide a safe, clean, comforting home away from home for the families who need us, so they can be with their children who need them.  Our Family Rooms help provide that kind of support as well.

It doesn’t take a big resolution to get all of this done, but it does take the many daily kind acts of many folks working together – our staff, our volunteers and our donors.  Thanks to everyone who helps make what we do possible.  And to all who make it easy for me to keep my resolve each day!

Do YOU have a resolution for this year?  Please share it by leaving a comment below.

Now, if you have a few extra minutes, click on and watch this short video.  You never know how much a small act of kindness you provide might mean to someone each day and this illustrates the concept beautifully.

Happy 2012, everyone!

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13 Responses to New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Marsha Panola says:

    Hi, Jane!
    Thank you for the good words here. Faithfulness in “little things” is so important and is what builds a life of integrity, kindness, and love. Thank you for reminding us of that, and for suggesting a way to make that work daily or even moment by moment. The video really expressed, in a memorable way, the idea of making a difference in people’s lives with small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. Well done.

  2. Karen Matuszewski says:

    Jane – great blog post! Love, love, love the video and have already shared it on my FB page! Remember what they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery! I love your inspiration and challenge everyone who reads your blog post to find some small way to perform one simple act of kindness TODAY, not “someday” do it TODAY! Rock on Sista!

    • Jane Rose says:

      I’m always so inspired by the great folks who support us in so many ways, like YOU, Karen! Thank YOU for all that you do, not just for us, but for everyone whose lives you touch. You’re an inspiration yourself!

  3. peggy burghardt says:

    Great blog Jane!!

  4. rmhcaustin says:

    Thanks Jane. Great blog. I resolve to take it one day at a time and live presently! I like your “what can I do today” attitude. That is a good one to follow.

    • Jane Rose says:

      That’s all we really can do, isn’t it? One day at a time. Heck, sometimes even one minute at a time! That’s what it takes.

  5. Dee says:

    Hi Jane!
    Calvin and Hobbes always inspires me! Thanks for showing us all we can make a difference.

    • Jane Rose says:

      Dee – thanks for your comment! One of my favorite quotes is “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” It’s true!

  6. Derrick says:

    Great Post Jane. I resolve to listen to more Matisyahu. And that video reminds me of those insurance commercials…..great concept:

    • Jane Rose says:

      Derrick- I’m going to have to look up who that is…you youngster! The video is certainly similar, just a bit longer without the commercialism. =) Thanks for your comments!

  7. Ann Jerome says:

    I miss Calvin & Hobbes too! Let’s see – I resolve to make more time for “live” music in my life this year. Love the video too -inspires me to do something nice!!

    • Jane Rose says:

      Ann – Glad you liked the video – just shows you don’t have to do anything complicated to make someone’s day a little better. That’s why I like it. And as for that live music, I may just have to come sing to you a little occasionally…you asked for it!

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