Editor’s Column: Getting somewhere

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“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.”

~ J.P. Morgan

You don’t have to wait for the New Year or a birthday or a particular date on the calendar to make a change, but there’s something about the energy that comes with a blank page that makes it a little easier.

Whether it’s getting in shape or saving money or giving up some unhealthy habit, everyone has some area of life they’d like to improve. As J.P. Morgan stated, the first step toward progress is making a decision. That sounds like the easy part, but it’s also the most essential. Without a solid decision, you’ll lack the necessary intestinal fortitude to stay committed when you’re tempted to slide back into old habits. Start with a decision, and work your way forward from there.

Meanwhile, if you’re like me, and struggling a bit with resolutions this year, there are some wild, outlandish things we might all be able to agree on we can collectively wish for in 2020.

1. Politicians who don’t lie, cheat or steal. (This could perhaps be accompanied by some dreadful Pinnochio-type ailment whenever a lie is told.)

2. Fair and unsullied elections on every level.

3. An actual solution to the health care crisis that works for everyone, not just corporate insurance firms and pharmaceutical companies.

4. An end to rage rhetoric, hatefulness and us vs. them ideologies. (This may require an end to all social media and cable TV news.)

5. Speaking of health… available, affordable and effective mental health care and the ability to access it without stigma is something that would benefit us all.

6. That everyone would listen to each other with empathy and compassion and think about how they might respond before they speak, tweet or post.

That’s a start, anyway. What would you add to the 2020 wish list?

By Niki Turner | niki@ht1885.com