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Week is filled with celebrations

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

What a great week this is for us.

We start out with Diversity Week and an assist from Voices of Los Alamos. I hope you will celebrate by learning something new or just finding love in your heart for everyone.

We then came upon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If you couldn’t think of a way to celebrate, do an act of service sometime this week. Perhaps you’ll hold the door for someone, ask if you can carry a heavy load or do a kind gesture for a neighbor.

If prayer is right up your alley, say a prayer for our neighbors of the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Their members were dancing in the chilly hours of Tuesday evening and for their Feast Day on Wednesday. They will celebrate the Feast of Saint Ildefonso. What a beautiful opportunity to take in such stunning culture, right in our own back yard.

The week will end with the celebration of the 10th annual Community Asset Awards. People that live, work and volunteer in our community will be recognized for the small and grand things they do throughout the year. The event started with a small idea and has celebrated hundreds of youth, adults, businesses and organizations, over the decade.

What a wonderful community we live in each day. Sometimes we forget just how lucky we are to have so much, right at our fingertips. We have so many great people, can visit great places and we can do great things. We can do them as individual or as part of a group.

Do you still need a New Year’s Resolution or have you become so jaded that you think you can’t make a difference to yourself or anyone else? I sincerely and respectfully beg to differ. The song that pops into my mind is, High Hopes, from Frank Sinatra. “Just what makes that little old ant, think he can move that rubber tree plant?”

I believe that you can, “Take A Second and Make A Difference,” any moment in your life and any time of the day. So, when you doubt mankind, or even worse, doubt yourself, think about that little ditty.

Knock down that wall, punch a hole in that dam and believe in those high hopes. Afterall, as the Search Institute taught me and that’s why we have a Community Asset Awards, in the words of Peter Benson, “If you’re breathing, you’re on the team.”

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), is a local non-profit that provides science education in the classroom, youth leadership, mail for local military personnel and the Community Assets Awards.