We attach significance to the turning of the calendar, and when the calendar turns to a new year, it means more than learning to change a digit when we write a check weve started a new chapter.
It is instructive for us to think about how we can get the most from the end of chapter 2005. Here are my ten recommendations for you:
Reconnect with an old friend or colleague. You know who I mean. The person who came to your mind as you read that sentence. Make the effort to call or contact them. But do more than just say hello. If they live close, get together for a meal or an evening. If they live further away, schedule time for a long, relaxed phone call. However you connect, make sure that you spend time on more than just the good old days and the old stories. Learn about what this person is doing, their goals and dreams. And see what you can do to help them achieve those things.
Spend one day in service to others. Volunteer your day to a service organization. Go to a nursing home. Rake the neighbors leaves. Use your professional skills in a pro bono way. It doesnt matter what you do, just do it with a giving heart.