Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season. In thinking and writing my note for this quarter I felt led to go in a different direction this year. I’m sure that you appreciate hearing what is new at Applewood or what has been happening over the past few months but you have our social media to keep you informed of that. I can remind you of what great food we have, but you eat with us regularly and are extended family so you don’t need for me to tell you any of that. So I was thinking this year maybe we should just talk straight. Pick a topic and go for it like regular folks do – no fluff, no advertisement, no sales pitches – just me sharing thoughts with you. Here goes…
I started out by saying Happy New Year. For most of us that sparks the thought of resolutions. I find myself wondering why do we make resolutions? Do we keep them? Why do we choose the ones we do? What resolutions do others make and why? Actually a lot of questions started popping in my head and I even asked a few people if they had made any resolutions and if they minded sharing with me what they were. I got a few of the standard answers you might expect – get in shape, eat right, be healthy… and I truly believe these are good, but wondered what is a true resolution for 2019 for me. To find the answer I will first define the word.
Resolution – the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something. : an answer or solution to something. : the ability of a device to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail. (merriam-webster.com/dictionary)
Now, let’s be honest. I like clarity, I like detail and I like answers and I LIKE having solutions. I believe the definition in itself holds the answer to my true resolution and my wish for society as a whole for 2019. I do not have just one resolution but instead wish for resolution. As a nation I hope we and our leaders seek to find answers and solutions to all conflicts and problems that are for the good of all, I pray (and yes I pray daily) that we can all find the ability to show clearly and with detail the image we need to portray to lead, mentor and teach others. I desire for honesty and good to prevail and God to be restored.
William B. Stokely, IV