By Jennifer Thurbide
On my first day back in the office after the recently passed holidays I did my usual news site web browsing. Being cut off from the world during the holidays is a bit of a tradition as is spending a few days back in the real world getting caught up.
The rolling over of a new year is a very popular time for reflection and goal setting and everywhere one looked last week the medium was populated with messages to support and encourage these objectives specifically the trend of improving health and wellness.
And while I appreciate the stories that encouraged me to get a gym buddy, swap ground turkey for beef and tips on how to de-clutter my medicine cabinet, purse and/or sock drawer I think we have pushed resolutions as far as they can go.
If you have stuck to your guns this far – and made it into the second week of January without reaching for the candy jar or for a cigarette I salute you. For the rest of you don’t feel bad. Most statisticians predict that only around 20 per cent of those who make resolutions make it through the next year and more than half give up before the end of January which means resolutions are often more cocktail party banter than a life-changing experience.
However, in the spirit of renewal that comes with the changing of the clock and having found the other side of a candy and liquor-induced coma that the holidays instilled I do think there is one challenge we can realistically tackle with tenacity: our unfinished business.
Each year in the hustle and bustle of our day to day lives we often leave items, agendas and activities partially completed to make time and space for the more important or pressing. For crafters, how many half-finished scarves, scrapbook pages or wall hangings are in a bin at the back of the closet? For would-be competitors how many years have you said – this is when I am going to take on that race, join that baseball team or join that yoga class. We all have unfinished projects personally or professionally and I challenge you to make this year the one where you put these to rest.
Setting an example for us all last week two high-profile labour disputes were settled bringing relief to hockey fans and parents of public school students alike. While these two settlements are polar opposites – one a negotiated agreement, the other a legislated option – the fact that there are now concrete terms means the publics that they serve can now start repairing the damage done over the months of uncertainty.
Here in the province of Ontario we will finally see the election of a new leader for the governing Liberal party which will settle finally the question of who will represent and who will lead. This leadership race will almost certainly trigger another election which would often be an inconvenience, this time the event has the potential to finally give us a majority parliament in any party’s favour and get MPPs back to governing.
Closer to home 2013 will see the retirement of one of our long-time public servants. Last month Chief Executive Officer Brian Anderson announced he will be trading in his brief case for golf clubs later this summer giving him the just under six months to clean up his desk and put the final touches of a 30 year legacy of serving the Red Lake area.
And here at the NSN we are looking to clean up our own unfinished projects. As we look forward this year we are tackling our accounting system, our information sharing capacity and may even be looking at redesigning our finished product to re-engage our readership.
Throw out the resolutions and tackle that to-do list. Your home, family, work life and waist line will thank you for it later.