My New Year’s Resolution: #BeBetter

Jan 01, 2016

My New Year’s Resolution – Be a Better Person #BeBetter

Me with Steve - Rift Valley, Kenya

Me with Steve – Rift Valley, Kenya

At the most fundamental core of The New World Community, is the human connection – the cherished bond between one person and another.  As founder and President of The NWC, I am truly lucky to have the opportunity to build strong and meaningful relationships with inspiring people all over the world. My first “Happy New Year!” came just after 4:00 pm Toronto time on December 31, which is just after the stroke of midnight in Nairobi, Kenya. “Cheers to a New Year, and another chance.  Let every year make you a better man. – Steve”. Talk about impeccable timing –

I was figuratively knees deep in my annual pre-New Year’s Eve self-analysis, which includes a healthy of dose of justification as to why I don’t do New Year’s resolutions – “It’s useless, really”, I tell my myself. “I’m not really going to do that.”  “If I need a New Year’s resolution for 2015 then I’ve just been procrastinating in 2014.”  “Well I ate much healthier in 2014, and I didn’t need a resolution for that, I just did it!”  “Ok, maybe I should have one after all… I’m just being lazy.” Based on my social media feeds as of noon on January 1, my network is going to:

  1. Hit the gym weekly WITH ZERO EXCEPTIONS EVER!
  2. Make more time for family
  3. Stop eating @&%! every day (I’ll assume this equates to replacing@&%! with healthier alternatives, vs simply removing &*%! from said person’s diet?)
  4. Try to do something nice for someone every single day
  5. Be less hung over (I’ll assume this equates to less frequent binge drinking vs finding a cure for hangovers)
  6. Delete Facebook (let’s hope the 7th attempt will yield success. Good luck!)

The common denominator here, seems to fall into the “be a better person” category.  Isn’t that why we make New Year’s resolutions, anyway?  I don’t see too many resolutions revolving around doing more harm to the environment, or eating more trans-fats and GMO’s, or spending less time with those whom we cherish. I think Steve has it right.  It’s no big secret that we can’t solve a problem that we don’t fully understand, and that if we don’t fix the root cause of a problem, then it will always return in one form or another.  So what’s the use in simply scratching the surface of who we are with mundane, surface-scratching, life-bettering resolutions?  What we eat, our exercise habits, the people we make time for and the people we don’t –  these aren’t simply things that we do or do not do, they are a product of the deepest levels of who we are inside.  Who we are dictates what we do.  And at the centre of who we are, is the answer to the age old question, “Why?” I never want to see someone fail.  When posed with challenges of coaching and developing employees, a previous manager of mine used to tell me that if at the end of the day I can look myself in the mirror and tell myself that I’ve done absolutely everything I can for someone, then I’ve lived up to my responsibility as a leader, and can take solace in the fact that their fate is in their own hands. And so with all of this in mind, 2015 will be the first time that I create, and live up to a New Year’s Resolution.  I will try to be a better person.  On December 31, 2015, I want to be able to look in the mirror and tell myself that in the past 365 days, I was a better person than the year prior, and that I did everything I could possibly do for myself, and for others.  I want to go to bed every night, telling myself honestly and truly that today, I was better person than I was yesterday, while reminding myself that tomorrow, I need to be a better person than I was today.  I believe that this mentality will impact every decision that I make. So on that note:  Cheers to a New Year, and another chance. Let every year make you a better person. Join me, and lets just simply #bebetter in 2015. (Stephen Kimaru resides in Nairobi, Kenya, and is an International Community Ambassador for C.L.O.U.D. Projects.  He has been instrumental in our cooperative development projects in the Internally Displaces People camps.  Thank you Steve, for your dedication to helping those in need, and for continuing to inspire me to do whatever needs to be done, do help those who need help the most – the unheard voices in developing communities across the globe.)