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On the Count of Three, Throw Out Your New Year’s Resolution—Go GLOCO!

December 27, 2017




I can’t recall ever making a New Year’s resolution. It’s not because I don’t have good follow-through to making promises–in fact I do. But New Year’s resolutions seem so contrived, doomed to failure as reality sets in, as unforeseen events hit us out of no-where, or as we change our priorities.

Resolutions are actually dangerous. They’re typically off-the-cuff promises that are made to make us feel better, to conform to our friends who make similar promises, or to get the monkey off our backs for the time-being.

With that said what can each of us do in 2018, which is less a shallow resolution and more a deep conviction, is to examine how we lead our lives. Just open the newspaper or turn on the TV to learn about the carnage in Syria, the absence of human rights in China, or the desperate poverty in Africa. We have much less control, if any, of these events than we do of how we lead our own lives.

There’s an expression a facilitator shared with me many years ago, and which I’ve run into a few
 times since: GLOCO–Think Global, Act Local.

It’s easy to become frustrated and angry when we read about horrors in far-away places. Sure,
 there are Americans and Canadians who decide to make an impact by travelling to these areas to help. But there are things we can do at home that help in small ways and which, when aggregated through millions of small acts, produce large-scale change.

Here’s what I can offer for thought and reflection as you enter 2018, a set of six GLOCO principles.

1) Lead your life with integrity–align your words with your actions.

2) Be a promise-keeper. If you don’t want to do something, just say No.

3) Lend a helping hand–even if it’s assisting an elderly person across the street.

4) Treat people as how you like to be treated–with respect!

5) Fill an empty space…and leave a positive mark.

6) We’re on Planet Earth for a nano-second of time–look after Her.

Take a moment to share your own GLOCO principles.

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’.
—Henry Spencer Moore (English sculptor, 1898-1986)

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