Have you made any new year’s resolutions? Do they involve being more active? Eating healthier? Spending more time with your family? They usually start out with the best of intentions, but quickly fall by the wayside. We lead busy lives and it’s hard to find time for the important things, like taking care of ourselves and our loved ones.
On January 1st, there is always an upswing in gym memberships. People are gung-ho in the beginning about how well they’ll do this year – not like last year. We went for a hike up to Amicalola Falls and it was crowded, with so many people walking their dogs on the trails. Fresh air and sunshine is always good, but it’s easier to come by when the weather is beautiful.
One thing to keep in mind: no matter your physical state or amount of free time, be thankful for what you do have. There are many in the world who have less, human and animal. Shelter pets long to have a home of their own. Homeless animals wander the streets, just trying to survive. Other creatures are subjected to pain and suffering, the likes of which we will fortunately never know.
If you can, be generous and give to those who are in need. Donate to your local shelter, or support another cause that is close to your heart. Briarcliff Animal Foundation works year round to ensure that pets who are in need of medical treatment, whether homeless or in a home that is short on funds, get the care that is so essential. If you can’t donate, volunteer your time. If you don’t have time, just send up a prayer or a loving thought for the animals who need love.
Above all, be thankful for your blessings, and try to contribute to the well-being of others. That is what will make it a Happy New Year.
*To donate to B.A.F., please see our firstgiving site.