Do your part in 2019

On the subject of New Year’s resolutions, upstate New York is pretty much like the rest of the country. Many people will make resolutions for the new year– some of them very meaningful and important, others half-hearted and frivilous.

As in past years, some of those resolutions will fall by the wayside quickly, others will remain intact for several months before being abandoned, while only a few, by comparison, still will be untarnished 364 days from today.

But like anywhere else, people here can dream — dream about a year unmarked by sadness, tragedy and anxiety about the future. People here can take steps to make 2019 better than 2018, by trying to be a leader on things that are right, not only for themselves but for others in their family, relationships and community.

Never underestimate how far acts of kindness can go toward making one’s life better, as well as a stronger barometer for hope.

In Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties, there’s much about which to be optimistic for the year ahead — and beyond.

The region’s economy is strong, and there are good people throughout the tri-counties working to make it better, including many young adults who already have started to make their mark — who already have begun making what eventually will be a deep positive imprint, ensuring that the county will continue moving in the right direction.

It’s to be hoped that many, in whatever part of this region’s life they’re involved, will go on to achieve successes like so many before them, such as the late Brian Hanaburgh.

Hanaburgh, who died in May at age 68, was well-known for his McDonald’s franchises, offering employment and career opportunities to many. He worked his way up from crew person to franchise owner and as a McDonald’s owner-operator, Hanaburgh grew a successful business known for its expert training of employees. He directed, developed and organized 500 employees.

It can be said Hanaburgh served in many leadership roles and that the positive spirit always exhibited by him probably is helping to guide the region’s rebirth that is destined to make additional inroads during the 12 months ahead.

Our region’s future is deeply rooted in the strong educational system that continues to prepare young people for the challenges ahead in this changing world.

Come spring, a new crop of future leaders will emerge with high energy and lofty goals.

Routine recommendations for the new year have a place, such as: Drive safely, work to better your community rather than undermine it, base your daily life on kindness to others rather than mean-spiritedness, be a source of positive guidance rather than the opposite, work hard, avoid dangerous temptations such as drugs.

Meanwhile, living and emphasizing courtesy, conscience and responsibility will go far in ensuring a positive year to remember decades from now.

To respect and help others while otherwise trying to live a good, productive life might be the best resolution anyone can make this New Years.

Adapted from the Altoona Mirror