President’s Corner – December 2017 – Resolutions
Is everyone in Viera looking forward to the cold front heading our way as much as I am?!? I so rarely get to wear my sweaters that I am having a hard time deciding which ones get all the glory for the few days this weather will be with us. Because, it never lasts for very long anyway. I don’t even really know why I have a sweater drawer at all 🙂 .
I didn’t really want to write about New Years’ Resolutions because we hear so much about them this time of year. And, I am the worst at keeping them so this is a stark reminder of my many shortcomings. However, one thing I have learned to do very well is decluttering. I like to do this kind of thing in January just because I always feel that the new year brings new opportunities to purge my life of the things that are no longer useful and no longer contribute to my happiness. I started employing the Marie Kondo method a couple of years ago and it really, really works. Marie Kondo wrote “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. The book is a quick read and it really gets down into the psychology of why we hold onto things and how we let go of them. If you can get past her odd behaviors, you can see why this book has become a best seller. After learning that my older brother has NEVER parked his vehicles in his garage due to all the junk he has stored in there, I gave him a copy of the book. I discovered this past week that he has never even cracked the cover – much to my disappointment. I will keep working on him. LOL.
(Mr. Darcy supervising the purging process. 🙂 )
Here goes (ugh, I hate even saying it) … my New Year’s Resolution: Go through the house and find those items that can better serve others and donate them to a worthy charity. Because I also sit on several charitable Boards, I see the need in our community every day. I feel so lucky to have the life that I have, but there are many that struggle just to keep food on the table and to keep their family clothed. When you are walking through your house and notice items that no longer “spark joy” for you, imagine those items bringing joy to someone else. We have great agencies here in Brevard County that see to it that families get the clothes, furniture, food, toiletries and household items that they need. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like some recommendations.
2018 is certain to hold a great deal of change for us all. Whether happy, sad, exciting or adventurous, each new year gives us an opportunity to take a look at ourselves and our lives and do something better; do something different; be brave and bold. Will you embrace the opportunity?
So, until next time, please remember … “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better [person].” (Benjamin Franklin).
Eva M. Rey, President
Central Viera Community Association, Inc.