by Jane Rose
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 Dictionary.com, 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!
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!