Reflections at the start of 2022

Wellington Village Director Jim Barnes

2022 could be the most anticipated new year of our lives. It looks like people have been wanting to leave 2021 for months (and 2020 before), ready to put this difficult time behind us and move on. However, as a new year approaches, I realize that it is not the change of calendar year that will give us a fresh start; it is our own dynamism, our perseverance and our determination that will propel us towards a better future. As we move forward, I offer a few themes to think about when considering making positive changes in your life, whether or not you call them “resolutions.”

Take care. Mental wellness has never been more important. The global pandemic has forced us all to exercise patience and resilience to extraordinary levels. It is imperative to take the time to take care of yourself. Take advantage of the excellent resources we have in Wellington and communities across the West, which provide care, advice and support through a variety of programs and services. Or just take the time to read a book, take a walk, breathe the fresh air, meditate, or pray. Exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep. All of these things that you have no doubt heard before, but now perhaps understand their value on a new level.

Take care of others. The Wellington community and Western communities in general have come together like never before during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we must continue to do so. Get closer to your neighbors. Serve the community as much as possible. Donate your time, talents or treasure to our strong nonprofit community, from the Wellington Community Foundation to Wellington Rotary, Kiwanis and Back to Basics. Many people would be surprised at the volume of needs being met by our charities, and these needs can only be met with the continued support of residents like you.

Be nice. It’s a simple concept we learn as kids, but in an age of social media and political divisiveness, civility and civility are too often a secondary consideration in our society. It doesn’t have to be that way, and we each have the power, in our daily interactions, to treat others with respect.

Thanks to the leadership of Wellington Village Council, we look forward to our continued service to the residents of Wellington and western communities in 2022. As we move forward, I know we will usher in a promising new year in the same way. that we tackled the last – together.

Jim Barnes, Wellington Village Manager

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