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A new year for Portage

2014-01-01T00:05:00Z A new year for PortageRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 01, 2014 12:05 am  • 

Happy New Year Portage!

This time of year always shows me how time gets away from me quickly as I age and it really does seem to go faster each year. So I will love as much as I can and always keep smiling as long as God allows me to stay here on this Earth; even in the hardest of times.

My love for the Portage community is still never-ending and you can be rest assured that my “Portage hat” is permanently attached to my head and I will continue to highlight all the wonderful things that this community has to offer residents and their guests as long as this publication will let me do it.

Every year millions of Americans make their New Year's resolutions. Whether it be to lose weight, quit smoking or a multitude of other complexities in our lives that we should do better at this coming year. At times in my life, I too have made promises to myself about something that I would like to change.

It’s not that I believe that resolutions are bad, it’s only that they usually fall by the wayside by the time January ends. People mean well and are quite enthusiastic at the beginning but somehow lose the desire for what they had promised themselves.

What I mean is actions speak louder than words.

The follow-through on a consistent basis is the most important key to fulfilling a New Year's resolution. Resolutions must be thought out carefully. You must only put yourself in situations that will strengthen your cause and catapult you to success. But, if you fall off the wagon, you cannot beat yourself up about it. You must pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get right back in there. Don’t quit; keep on fighting for that new you.

That’s one of the things I like about Portage people, they keep on fighting for what they think is right. They don’t let other people make them believe that they can’t do something they’ve never done before.

I’d like to ask everyone to make a resolution to help this community be the best community in the area this year. We have so much potential in this community that no other has in Northwest Indiana. Let’s not waste that on petty disagreements for personal gain.

Try to volunteer in some capacity, in our fair city. There are many clubs and service organizations in Portage Township that need help. Random acts of kindness are always a nice idea.

As Maya Angelou said, “I think we must surrender the despair of unexpected cruelty and extend the wonder of unexpected kindnesses to ourselves and to others.”

New Year's is a time for reflection and rebirth. A chance to start anew and correct whatever didn’t go right the previous year. Starting off with a clean slate. Please take advantage of this time of rebirth and do some wonderful things in this coming year. Go out and do something beautiful; I know, I will be. Portage rocks!

This column solely represents the writer's opinion.

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