2012 New Year Resolutions: Dive in and be Part of the Solution

Celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next is a blast!  I enjoy celebrating everything that has been accomplished and look forward to what lies ahead.  This year the top ten New Year resolutions look to be the same as last year’s, and I can’t help but ponder a hypothesis.

As we compete to get ahead, people compromise what is most important to them in order to survive; and as the economy declines the sacrifices made become deeper as competition grows.  As the unemployment rate increases those who remain employed find themselves, paradoxically, sacrificing time with their families in order to support them; and sacrificing their own physical and psychological health in order to support themselves.

With 2012 an election year, we look to our leaders for guidance and ask what they will do to turn things around and put Americans back to work.  But without looking to our leaders for guidance, I focus on the people I see every day and change what I can and let go of what I can’t.

I cannot change a company’s business decision to send jobs overseas but I can choose to buy things made in the U.S.A.   I can’t fix the economy but I can help to pick up the pieces by helping one family at a time.

A decision made by any one of us may be relatively small, but collectively the small decisions we all make will add up and make a difference.   Together we can move forward and help the economy recover.

This year I resolve to make purchasing decisions based on what I need instead of what an advertiser wants me to buy.  I resolve to fight for the people in my family, my community and my country so that we may collaborate to solve problems that hit home.

This year especially, I remember my training as a PADI Rescue Diver and the number one rule of a rescue attempt: “Be part of the solution, not the problem – Think Then Act!

- John Mlnarik, Founder/Principal Bankruptcy Attorney