Kelly Gibson of Elyria says she’s tried traditional new year’s resolutions in the past: “For years — quit smoking, lose weight, be healthier,” she said.
This year she decided to aspire to something different.
She challenged fellow churchgoers to join her in doing random acts of kindness.
“I’ve been reading different Joyce Meyer books, and the current book that I’m reading is based on that you can do something (for others) — even if it’s one small thing, it’s better than nothing,” she said.
Her first idea is to go downtown and give out cups of soup, she said.
“Maybe if I do something kind for someone else, they will do something kind when they see a need,” she said.
It’s about helping someone when you see a need, she said, “whether they need a jump or help carrying groceries to their car,” she said.
As for past years’ resolutions, Gibson is glad to abandon them.
“No one wants to do that. You say you do, but you don’t really,” she said. “I anticipate this one will be much more productive.”
Plenty of people are sticking to traditional resolutions, however, as evidenced by a question posed to the Chronicle Facebook page on New Year’s Eve.
Rachel Marie wanted to lose weight and do better at budgeting. James Gladding wrapped it all up with his desire to lose weight, bench over 300, pay off debt and live a successful and happy life with his wife and children. Kim O’Connor wants “to stop stressing about the small things and have more faith in my family and friends.”
“Mine is to stop smoking cigarettes and to have my family and I eat more healthy!” said Jennifer Pierce.
“I’m going to donate blood on a regular basis in 2013!!” Shelly Deidrick said.
“My new year’s resolution is to watch less TV and get out and enjoy life more!” said Michelle Bacskay.
At the French Creek YMCA in Avon, the staff has seen the normal yearly uptick in memberships, according to Kristin Pullin, member service director.
“We’ve signed up 48 people since the 26th (of December),” she said. “The day after Christmas is usually when things pick up. We try to get them to keep coming because we know that when people get in and see the benefits, they will stay.
“What we tell people all the time is that habits don’t happen overnight. They need to find something that the family can enjoy together.”
Still, not everyone’s resolution involved getting fit or breaking a bad habit.
“Moving out of my parents house!” is the resolution of Crystal Simons.
“Mine is to become more self-sufficient by growing and canning or freezing some veggies. And buying more local when I can,” said Josh Villa.
“Mine is to hopefully obtain a headstone for my great grandfather who is buried in West Lawn Cemetery in Canton. He has never had one since his death in 1909,” said Greg Farino.
Rachel Fury had some advice just about all of us can use.
“I don’t normally make new year’s resolutions, but this year I’m just going to try to be a better person and make wiser decisions for my life,” she said.
And that seems to mirror Gibson’s suggestion.
“It’s doing stuff every day, even if it’s just a smile at somebody,” she said about the random acts of kindness she has proposed.
Contact Rona Proudfoot at 329-7124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.