New Year, New Community, New You

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You make one every year. Whether it is to lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking, or eat more vegetables, a new year’s resolution is made.  Every new year we choose something to “change” about ourselves in order to be a “better person.” And every year, come February or March, that resolution slowly melts away with the warming temperatures.  Maybe the reason our committments die out after a few months is because we are going about this “change” in a completely wrong way. The American lifestyle, being as individualistic as is it, can lead us to constantly be thinking about “ME,” “MYSELF,” and “I,” when the changes we wish to see in ourselves can most often times be found by thinking about “OTHERS.” 

If you think about the big moments that shaped your life and who you are as a person, they probably had little to do with “YOU.” They might have been church mission trips, helping out a friend during a hard time, or having a friend help you. The action of giving and receiving love is one that can truly change a person’s soul and there are many people in this world who are waiting and needing to be “changed by love.”

So you still want to lose weight or quit smoking this year? Do it! But also try adding volunteering to your resolution list. There are hundreds of organization in and around Osceola County that would love your helping hands and trade skills. No time to volunteer? Try committing to an ongoing donation. Ten dollars a month can go a long way to help those in need but will only get you two drinks at Starbucks.

Here at Habitat for Humanity of Osceola County we are making some new year’s resolutions of our own. In 2011 we aim to be more visual in the community. We want all of our county residents to know who we are, where we are, and what we do. We also plan to better understand the needs of our community by taking the time to conduct research. And we have set the goal to put 20 deserving families into Habitat homes in the coming year, but we will need your help to do it!

If you are looking to make a new year’s resolution that will “change” you on the inside, instead of making a resolution for yourself, make a resolution for your community. Whether it be to help children, elderly, disabled, or animals, choose your passion and begin to feel the act of giving back fulfill your life in ways you never imagined. So what are you waiting for? This year don’t stress over a senseless diet.  Choose a resolution that will last all year and will change your life and the lives of those around you.

Call 407-343-1900 to speak with our volunteer coordinator about how you can give back to Osceola County with Habitat!

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