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About those resolutions: It's OK to try again

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D. Gary Davis, Bradley County Mayor
Posted 1/8/19

Like many others, "resolution" is a single word with multiple meanings: From chemical compounds changing concentrations, to the increase of clarity of an image, to the act of making a large task …

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About those resolutions: It's OK to try again

Commentary

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Like many others, "resolution" is a single word with multiple meanings: From chemical compounds changing concentrations, to the increase of clarity of an image, to the act of making a large task attainable by completing smaller sections of the greater idea in order to make a desired change.

We are all now technically one week into the new year, and statistically speaking, some of us are no longer as apt to continue upon our well-meaning path to change our weight, our exercise schedule or our desire to make a life change. This is not only human nature, it is also OK.

I am by no means saying that we should not be determined, disciplined and also doing our best. But it is further proof that not only do we get a New Year’s Day each year, if we are fortunate to be able to wake up and then blessed enough to get up, we also get a new day each year every 24 hours!

How we choose to spend that 24 hours is, for the most part, entirely up to us. We can use that time to encourage and help others, or we can try to discourage and cause havoc for others.

We can choose to spend the time to better ourselves through educational pursuits or we can foolishly think that we have all of the answers, and when opening our mouths to speak prove that that is not the case.

We may choose to leave our little portion of the world in a better state than we found it, or we can spew trash across the environment so that others have to clean up after us.

This time of year is one in which it usually pays to be on the giving side as we usually are in line for a few, if not many, days of bad and challenging weather. This usually causes droves of people to travel to their grocery store of choice in search of the trifecta of winter needs that includes milk, eggs and bread. As we search for the items for our family, may we please also think of those neighbors and friends who may not have someone to help them during this time, and pick up a few items for them as well when we pay for our own groceries.

Please make sure that your smoke and fire detector alarms are working, and that the batteries have been replaced. It's best to have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. Have your automobile antifreeze level checked, along with a tire examination. It is much easier to have this done now, rather than along the side of the road in the snow, ice and rain.

Family pets need to be cared for, as well.

With more than 750 miles of roads within the borders of Bradley County, our road superintendent and her team of professionals do an amazing job of keeping each one safe and in as good condition as possible. If you see a need, please contact their offices at 423-728-7006 on Monday through Thursday, and they will do their best to help find a solution to your road need.

I hope that your resolution list is still intact and that your success continues. Please remember that if you are not able to meet your goals today, may you remember that tomorrow is another new day to try again.

This process of starting over every day to achieve a better outcome, is what helps Bradley County continue to be Tennessee at its best!

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