Editorial: Making our 2014 better for everyone

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 11:13 PM

As the final weekend of 2013 dawns today, we’re encouraging a dose of “let’s get better” for everyone.

We’d offer it because we’re always wanting everyone to improve their lot in life, to be better today than yesterday and to try and lasso the moon if they so please. We agree when Casey Kasem says, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

According to a survey earlier this month, we’ve learned the past year for most Americans was not as good as last year or about the same. That’s roughly 68 percent of “bleh.”

That’s not a political answer — the survey had one of those, too, when it asked how the country did this year. That’s when most inserted their political party opinion, albeit to no surprise. We’re politically shred that way right now.

But personally, we don’t have to be, and we don’t have to be just meandering along.

Our year upcoming is going to be what we make of it. We are a free country. And despite occasional differences of opinion to the contrary, we make a lot of our choices in life and dictate what happens to us next.

Some of those we just don’t put much stock into because we take them for granted. We’re good at that, too. We can be complacent with the best of them.

We can also choose to make a difference. And we can impact those around us when we do.

We see that on a regular basis anywhere we look, including here in the Tri-County area. We’ve seen many times over the abilities of volunteers to change lives, to impact our community and to do what others thought just couldn’t be done.

Of the 68 percent who didn’t see improvement from 2012 to 2013, we’re curious how many actually took serious, significant and sustained stabs at trying to make something happen. Too often in today’s society, we are reactive instead of proactive. When we are reactive and don’t see better things happening, we should not be surprised.

Life is what we make of it, with no survey necessary to prove it.