Thursday, January 6, 2011
Some goals in new year
I was told New Year’s resolutions, on average, last about 18 days.
It seems I’ve always had some in the back of my mind – never in the front.
There are a few I would like to accomplish in 2011 but I shy away from calling them resolutions.
I need to quit drinking so many soft drinks.
I do good for about a month and then revert to my old ways.
I need to exercise.
I’m not an early riser.
If I take a lunch break, it’s typically about 20 minutes.
I normally get home late.
But somewhere in there, I really need to find the time to exercise and make it a priority. I’m thinking about 10 at night maybe.
This year is a monumental one, I guess, in that I will turn 50 years old in August. I think that means it’s past time for me to start taking care of myself better.
Another goal this year will be actually taking some vacation days. Those have been few and far between ever since I’ve been in the newspaper business but even fewer this past year.
I’m the one to blame as far as not taking days off; I will admit that. I’ve always been a “workaholic.”
I need to change for the better.
I also need to go on more dates with my wife like the one we had Sunday night after church. We drove to Collierville, Tenn., for a movie – True Grit. It was great.
I need to visit more.
I need to spend more time on church work.
Even though I consider myself a happy, positive person, I think I can be even happier and more positive.
I’m sure there’s more things I need to put on my priority list as 2011 begins. But perhaps I’m making the list too large.
There are also a few things I’d like to see happen in our community this year.
I hope people will quit throwing cans and bottles and candy wrappers and all sorts of other trash on our streets and highways. It has always been a pet peeve of mine.
We have so many visitors in Holly Springs and Marshall County via Highway 78 and due to our many tourist attractions.
The first look is important – even when it comes to economic development opportunities.
The sheriff’s department, other workers and volunteers do the best they can to try and keep it picked up. But bottom line, those responsible for littering have to stop.
If you see someone littering, take a tag number and report it.
I’d like to see the teamwork continue to grow, like was exemplified in 2010 through various projects.
There are examples countywide, from Byhalia to Potts Camp to Holly Springs and into the rural communities, too.
We all have to work together and not care who gets the credit. There will be differences and disagreements but in the end, if it benefits our county, we all need to jump on the bandwagon.
I’m also looking forward to that new traffic light in Holly Springs – on Highway 7 South at KFC.
And I’m eagerly anticipating the opening of the new Toyota plant at Blue Springs, not far at all from Marshall County. Hopefully, Marshall and Benton countians will land jobs there, and hopefully, we will see spinoff industries and businesses land right here at home.
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