PUTTING ASSETS INTO ACTION: Give thanks to the community all year round

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By The Staff

Ahh, it is almost New Year’s resolution time. My hope this year is that those who haven’t will get on board with the Assets program as just one way to make life a little better in our part of the world.

Our focus this week is on adult role models and caring neighborhoods. Tomorrow is the last day to nominate community asset builders for our first annual awards ceremony and we’re seeing these role models being nominated for the things that they do and do well.  

The event, sponsored in part by the URS-Washington Group, International, has seen nominations across the board. Our community asset builders are shining through in every area of the community.

Even with the craziness of the past few days, which is the week before winter holiday break, I’ve had a chance to sneak a peak at the nominations that trickle across my desk. I’m excited to see the names of youth, adults, seniors and organizations, but we’ll have more on that in the days ahead.

In a nod to highlight the good work of adult role models or caring neighbors, I challenge you, along with myself to do something about it all year long. I’ve often thought of trying to rally a group to make a New Year’s resolution to write one thank you card a month for the entire year.

It doesn’t have to be wordy or fancy, just a note or two to let someone know they’ve done a good job in our community. It can be the newspaper carrier, someone who has extended a kindness or one of my favorites, the baggers at the grocery store.

You’ll have about                 30 days to do it each month. I recommend picking a number you can remember, perhaps the day you were born. You can jot a line or two and send it off for a nominal fee. If you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to tell me about it throughout the year. I will try and do the same. It doesn’t matter if you drop me an e-mail or a call or tell me who you’ve decided to praise while shopping in the grocery store. It can be like the stone thrown in the pond and the ripples will extend throughout our community.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets In Action Coordinator for Los Alamos. She can also be heard Mondays on AM 1490, KRSN on Monday Matters. If you have questions or comments, give her a call at 661-4846.