As 2016 bears down on me, I am once again faced with the question of whether this year I will make any New Year's resolutions. Here is my answer: this year I resolve to make no resolutions. Instead, I will state some wishes for the coming year.
I wish to see more listserv discussions such as the one regarding the Thetford Town Report and the naming of delinquent taxpayers. The responses to the question of whether such taxpayers should be identified by name in the Town Report have provided an excellent example of thoughtful and civil discourse on a topic of community interest. I believe this discussion is an important one in so many ways. Not only because it actually prompted me (and hopefully several others) to go out and read through the Town Report, but also because it touches on important issues such as the value of privacy and the merits (or lack thereof) of "public shaming" for the sake of motivation. More importantly, though, the discussion is significant because it is driven by concerns about how we should interact with one another as a community. These are the discussions that should happen on the listserv and between neighbors.
I wish that this country could reach a safe and sound compromise on the question of guns.
On a more personal level, however, I wish that good health and happiness comes to permanently reside in my home. At the very least, I hope that I do not sleep at the hospital in 2016 and that I never have to collect another stool sample. Ever.
I also wish that each day, as I am bombarded by the demands of my work, my own desires, and the many needs and desires of others, I will remember that my top priority is always my family.
I wish that I would remember that I owe something to the earth—if not to protect or nurture it, then at least to not damage it to the point that future generations will be unable to sustain life upon it.
I wish that no child would go hungry, whether that hunger is for food, for love, or for nurturing of the mind. I wish the same for all grown-ups as well.
On a lighter note, I also wish that I am able to find all of the missing socks and phone chargers that are hidden somewhere in my house.
Finally, I wish that each day when I wake up, I continue to see all of the beauty that surrounds me here in the Upper Valley. I hope that I never become inured to it. Somehow, I don't think I will. Until next time, y'all have a good one.