This is not a list of New Year's resolutions. It's far past time for those, since they are usually pledged before Jan. 1. This is simply a wish list that I, personally, would like to see come true during 2006.
First of all, there are bound to be natural disasters all over the world at some point and time. Instead of being nay-sayers and claiming these things happen because the location was sinful and deserved what it got, let's show a little human kindness and try to help out however we can.
It is simply unimaginable for me to believe little children deserve whatever nature decides to throw their way. It also angers me that certain groups of people enjoy playing God to the point of rejoicing in tragedy.
Secondly, can we please stop criticizing our friends and relatives because they don't do what we tell them is right? It's all well and good to give a little advice. But leave it at that. Everybody in the world does not have to agree with you. Don't push your beliefs on those you love. Accept them for what they are. It's always good to have a little heated discussion on politics or religion or whatever else you'd like to see changed.
Mind you, I said a heated discussion. Not a knock-down, drag-out fight. Why in the world would you want to change those you love? Now, if they're into something that can physically harm themselves or others, that's a different story. But you may need professional help for that.
Apart from those we know and love, show a little kindness to strangers. I know, I know. It can be very dangerous to do in this day and age. Don't take them in off the streets because they look pitiful. Call some local authority. The Sheriff's Office, the Salvation Army, anybody who can give you advice. There may be times when you just have to leave things as they are, but at least you'll know in your heart you tried to help.
Have we truly become a nation of non-trusting hypocrites? I certainly hope not. Every once in a while, you'll read a story in the paper about a good Samaritan, striving to make the world a better place. Wouldn't you like to help that person? Call and volunteer your time.
The last wish I have is that you all take care of yourselves. Too many of us think that nothing will ever happen to our families and friends. We believe we're indestructible.
That little chest pain you have all the time is nothing but heartburn. Maybe. Maybe not. That lump you feel on some part of your body is nothing to worry about. Maybe. Maybe not. The blood you see where there shouldn't be any? It will go away by itself. Maybe. Maybe not.
I certainly didn't mean to put a damper on your New Year, but these things have been on my mind all through 2005. Let's make 2006 a better one.
(Pat Fickle is a Martinez resident.)
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