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Take new approach in new year

POSTED: December 30, 2012 8:00 a.m.
 

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And old lang syne?

•   •   •

We’re an angry society.

Road rage. Political attack ads.

Fighting over Christmas gifts on Black Friday. Anonymous online posts full of name-calling.

Add to our anger consistent frustration with Washington.

At the time of this writing, Congress and the president have yet to come to a deal on taxes and spending cuts. The “fiscal cliff” seems inevitable.

It’s a shame. If ever we needed leaders, it’s now.

At the risk of sounding cynical, politicians tickle our ears because that’s what we want from them.

What if we wanted to hear this: “I’ll fight for issues important to you, constituents. I’ll also be willing to compromise on issues with those across the aisle, looking for a common solution we can all agree on.”

We complain about political gridlock, yet continue to expect our legislators to participate in partisan bickering that looks like they’re fighting for something.

They’re fighting to keep their jobs.

They want to keep us happy, and an angry politician satisfies an angry populace.

As 2012 comes to a close and we spend time with loved ones ringing in a new year, it’s time for reflection. It’s time for a little peace and hopefully a little quiet.

In these moments, let’s slow down and ask ourselves, “Do we have so much to be angry about? Don’t we have something to be thankful for?”

Here in Forsyth County, we can’t help but count our blessings. A giving, engaged community. Fantastic schools.

And economically we’re better off than many of our neighbors. International firms left and right are choosing Forsyth County for their U.S. home. Property taxes are still low here.

This is not to say avoid passion for change. Some anger can be good, but it seems like America has had its fill.

To change the tone in Washington, we have to change the tone in ourselves.

For the new year, let’s each resolve to find it in ourselves to spread more kindness than frustration. A deep breath and a little perspective can go a long way.

•   •   •

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

 

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