On December 31st many people make a list of things they are going to do to improve their lives. We say we are going to eat less and work out more. We are going to read every book reviewed by the New York Times. By the time you are reading this, all of your New Year’s resolutions are most likely down the proverbial tubes.
While you can’t go back to December 31st and redo your resolutions, you can begin now to think about making resolutions that will not only help you, but help your community. How about resolving to volunteer at MUST Ministries? Maybe if you see people who appreciate being fed on a regular basis you may think twice before you eat a whole box of chocolates. How about spending your time laying sod, hammering nails, and painting trim for Habitat for Humanity? Take a look at our list of local non-profits highlighted in our annual “Do Good Guide” on pages 10-19 for ideas on how you can help those in need.
Why should you spend your New Year’s resolutions doing things that would help someone other than yourself? I believe we are responsible for the state of the community we live in and don’t really have a right to complain and wait for “others” to do our civic responsibility. If people waited for someone else to stand up, speak out, and initiate social change, we would be living in the dark ages. We would still be under British rule, slavery would be the norm, and women wouldn’t be able to show their ankles. Since others have created opportunities for us, it is only fair for us to return the favor and continue the cycle of positive community change. Speaking of civic responsibility, make a New Year’s resolution to spend more time updating yourself on who your Georgia state representative is (page 44) and letting them know what you think about bills they have to vote on. Page 38 features the zonings and variances that the East Cobb Civic association keeps an
eye on for our benefit. Clubs and support groups (see pages 60 & 61 and 64) are also a great way to help others and serve our community, take a look at our monthly list to see how you can help or be helped.
You still have time to turn your year around and resolve to do some things that really matter. The year is still young so don’t waste your time lamenting over your broken resolutions. Pick up the EAST COBBER every month and read about your neighbors that are contributing to the quality of life in East Cobb. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to get involved, too. Who knows, with all of your new activities, you may not have time to worry about your weight.
Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
P.S. Need exercise? Check out our Health & Wellness section (pages 46-55) for local experts ready, willing and able to help
you achieve a new year’s resolution.
Reprinted from the January 2015 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the January issue HERE.
Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.