- - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

With the new year upon us, many people are thinking about resolutions. Some common ones are to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthily or find balance and simplicity in daily life. But what if we all made a resolution to practice more love and kindness toward everyone, including ourselves?

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” While we complain about the hate and violence that occurs every day, let’s do our part. Love more. Judge less. As the 1960s tune goes, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” That may sound cliched, but it doesn’t take much effort to show a little love and kindness.

It might be something as simple as a smile, a hello or a phone call, or perhaps a bit more. Reach out to the ones who need kindness the most. Those who suffer from mental or physical disabilities, children, the elderly, the lonely, a complete stranger or even yourself.

In the age of social media, we have an audience at our fingertips. I challenge readers to post something nice you did for someone in hopes of starting a chain reaction. It will not only work wonders for the person at the receiving end, but you will feel better for doing it. We can all play our part in changing the world one step at a time.

AMY LUTZEL

Evansville, Ind.


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