New Year’s Resolution

Last year, my New Year’s Resolution was that every single time someone helped me – in the grocery store, the drug store, gave me directions in a hospital or primate center (I did not go to any primate centers) – I would say, “Thank you, I appreciate your help.”

I like being told thank you, and I like being appreciated, so I can only imagine others might enjoy it too. 

I did it. Every single time. 

Then on my birthday, I added in that I would give a compliment every time I sincerely could. 

I had a great 2013. 

I spent so much time and energy looking for good things that I didn’t have nearly as much energy or daylight to burn on irritability or annoyance (except in parking lots. Everybody needs a vice).

An amazing thing happened. Around summertime, because I travel a beaten path, people I didn’t expect started recognizing me: the cashier at Publix greeted me last night with, “Long time no see!” 

I’m going to continue that. It costs absolutely nothing, but I think it’s spreading a little bit of joy in a world where unpredictable things can go spectacularly wrong. 


About S.

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6 Responses to New Year’s Resolution

  1. Pingback: New Year’s Resolution | Just like a Slattery

  2. Why on earth did you skip the primate centres?

    I always thank whoever helps me. I also ensure that if someone is ringing me through at a cash register, that I ask them, while looking into their eyes, how their day is and really listen to the answer. Life’s too short to feel overlooked and unnoticed, I figure. Some people aren’t worth talking to, but usually if someone lets them handle money they’re okay for a few minutes of day brightening.

  3. S. says:

    Because ebola.

  4. Amanda Thrasher says:

    I thought your resolution was to “say yes.”

  5. jaysaint says:

    I like it very much.

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