Setting the tone for the New Year’s resolutions


And so we passed the craziness of the end of the year and arrived at 2015. It is a brand new year, a chance to start fresh, a clean slate. We can concentrate on our plans for the future and work on our New Year’s resolutions. 

Ah, the resolutions … the conscious exercise of choosing what to do to make things better and defining our priorities for the year and beyond. 

Resolutions may include personal changes — things we want to change in ourselves, or collective changes — things we would like to suggest and try to implement in a group, community, town and so on. No matter what we include in our lists, they are improvements that really matter and are important to us, but the most important thing about resolutions is that it starts with us. 

We are the agents of change. We have the power to decide on what to devote time and effort. Some items may be easier to realize than others, but if they are important enough to be on that list, they should not be overlooked or skipped. We should find ways to get them to become reality. 

That may be easier to do with our personal items as we have full control of the changes, when and how to implement them, but it does not mean that collective items are impossible to achieve. We may need to take baby steps and join forces with others who have the same (or similar) items on their list so we have a higher chance of seeing those come to fruition. 

For example, this year a project to build a rail extension in Brevard County is being considered. The page that gives an overview of the project states that “The Canaveral Port Authority plans to file a request with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) for authority to construct and operate approximately 11 miles of new rail line to Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida. The proposed Port Canaveral Rail Extension would also utilize approximately 17 miles of existing rail line at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to make a connection with a main line of the Florida East Coast Railway. The proposed rail line would begin near the Port’s North Cargo Area, extend west over the Banana River, enter KSC on Merritt Island south of Kars Park, and then turn north through KSC grounds where it would connect with KSC’s existing rail line. The construction and operation of this proposed project has the potential to result in significant environmental impacts; therefore, the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has determined that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is appropriate pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).” 

Protecting our environment is high on my list as it is on the list of other individuals in our community. Therefore, one of the items on our list this year may very well be to see how we can guarantee that the best decision for the community and the environment is made in regards to this rail extension plan: one item; one group sticking together to see that through. 

Things like that have the positive side effect of bringing people together. When people come together, unifying their voice, they also intensify that voice and that may get us a step closer to crossing off important items on our list. 

The beginning of the year is a time full of hope, when bad experiences stay behind and dreams become a possibility in the shape of resolutions. We unite and set the tone of our own future through the items we include on our lists. I already made my list, what about you?