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The time has come for us to focus on our New Year’s resolutions. In previous years, I always focused on tangible things, such as loosing or gaining weight, growing out a disastrous hairstyle, learning a few new recipes or quitting smoking.

I never thought about the intangible promises I could make to myself that would enrich both my life and the lives of people surrounding me.

That’s going to change.

This year, I will focus on increasing my patience. As a mother of a 6-year-old daughter, that can sometimes be a hard thing to do.

However, patience comes a lot easier when I think of the sunshine that breaks across her face when I take time to do something silly such a playing “Hide and Go Seek,” or when I slow down enough to help her put a puzzle together or to listen to her faltering, yet constantly improving, reading abilities.

What a remarkable reward.

I also promise myself to take care of my mental health as well as my physical health.

I am a strong believer in the value of therapy, whereby people can lay down the burdens of guilt, depression or rage.

This week we have included an extensive listing of support groups in the Health section of the Milford Beacon. Take a peek. Find your niche. Share your burdens with others. Your heart will be lighter and you will be free to live your life to the fullest.

Finally, I promise to take joy in the blessings of life, big or small. Such a bright perspective will provide warmth for my family and me during the upcoming winter months.

As you think about, or write down, your New Year’s resolutions, keep your mind on the intangible goals you can set for yourself.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve your self physically. But, you won’t be able to appreciate a made-over exterior if you haven’t nurtured yourself internally.

Happy New Year, dear readers.

Kanika Georges