GENE ROBERTSON: It's a new year — let's make resolutions about helping others

Monday, January 6, 2014 | 4:09 p.m. CST

As we begin our new year, it is tradition that we make great personal promises to improve our lives.

I would like to suggest that this year’s resolutions begin with what we will do for others. Let’s commit ourselves to not just feeling bad about those less fortunate than us but doing something tangible for them.

A product of some kind should be sought and developed to express our concern for those less fortunate than us. To tear down and remove those barriers that say, "I made it, they could have made it too" 

This year let's say, "I  made it across, and I'm reaching out my hand so that you can make it, too."

You too can help someone else across. Let's create a human-helping bridge of people helping people throughout our city, state, country and the world.

This priority does not have to inhibit our paying attention to  our waistline, the scales or those bad habits we intend to break.

It rather enhances the world in which we address our personal demons that some coach, trainer, relative or successful person might extend a helping hand to us so that we can achieve some positive results in our lives.

It's a new year. Let's try something new.

William E. "Gene" Robertson is a Columbia resident and an MU professor emeritus.

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