Welcome Update #33

1/22/2012

 
Carri Bonner, Editorial Director

I can’t believe January is almost over. This month seems to have flown by!  By now, many of us are wavering on resolutions made and I want to stress the importance of sticking to them!  Take the time to reassess why you made that resolution to start with and recommit to it. If you need a buddy to help, reach out. There’s no shame in asking a friend to help you stick to a resolution and indeed, because we humans are by nature social creatures, it could be easier to stick to it if you have a diet buddy, a work-out buddy, a volunteer buddy, a knitting buddy, a going-to-the-games buddy, a hiking buddy. Whatever your resolution may be, everyone can benefit from asking for help. 

By societal standards, it’s hard for us to ask for help. By nature, humans are social creatures that live in “packs” in order to survive. However, our society has evolved to the point that asking for help is seen as a weakness, and it really shouldn’t be. Less than a century ago, women came together to knit quilts, bake, and volunteer. Men came together to build things needed for the home, volunteer, and play sports. Somewhere along the way, we lost the sense of accomplishing things together as a community. 

If nothing else this month, reach out in one area where people are “forced” to work together. Experience the feeling of accomplishing something as part of a group and then choose from there if you want more of that feeling, or if you’re truly ok working solo 90% of the time. Go to one gathering you normally wouldn’t, volunteer at one place where a team of people have to work together, join one club just to see if it gives you a different sense of accomplishment and a greater sense of community. 

If not, you’ve only lost a bit of your time. If you suddenly feel more connected, it opens up a whole new world in your town that can help you achieve your personal goals!
 



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