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Letter: New Year’s Resolution: Pass It On

Have you made any New Year’s Resolution for 2011? If not, here is an idea for a sustainable one.

There is always a room, a closet, or some other area in your home that is full of stuff. It’s stuff that you avoid dealing with like the 800-pound gorilla in the living room.  But when you resolve to tackle it with the intention to pass it on, it will happen.

To manage this task, you can choose to work at it in a variety of ways: one hour each week, same day, same hour; one day each month; only rainy or high energy days, etc. You can turn on some music, do it alone or with a helper at your side.  With careful attention, start to divide up the “goodies” into three piles: 1-Keep 2-Recycle 3-Discard. The recycle one will probably be the largest. You can send these items to an organization such as Big Brothers, Vietnam Vets, etc. or give it to someone else who would enjoy or benefit from this gift: relative, friend, service person.

Whether you pass it on in a personal or impersonal way, this New Year’s Resolution will not only benefit others and the economy, it will sustain and nurture your spirit – the spirit of giving within you.

Elaine Peters