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January 12, 2014

Making resolution to be better

NORMAN — The first full week in January always seems like its make or break time for those resolutions.

So, to combat failure, this year I decided to not make formal resolutions. Instead, I’ve decided to just become a better version of myself.

I didn’t want to pinpoint anything specific and get all bogged down with one area when, quite frankly, there are several areas of myself that could use a good tweaking.

I’ll admit that running through the grocery store the other day, I slowed down to a snail’s pace when I saw the big bag of lady fingers. They looked so good. They were on sale, too. And, did I mention that the bag was big? But, no, I was there for specific things and not junk food.

Even though the thought came through my head that I could share these massive amounts of calories with the massive amount of family I’ll have at my house for a late Christmas celebration.

I shook my head, realized those lady fingers had no possibility of making it another week in my house before company comes, and I moved on.

This yearlong project extends farther than the scale or the grocery store.

It hit me the other night that sometimes the little things are all you really need or want. Things you don’t really think about on a daily basis, until they are gone. When this reality sank in, I was in a meeting at the Moore City Council chambers concerning grant money that the city had acquired.

Residents were asked to voice their opinions on how a $26.3 million grant should be spent in efforts to recover the city.

The opinions were very few, but those who spoke mentioned the simple things: sidewalks, repairing roads that weren’t damaged by the tornado but have seen better days since large construction trucks have frequented the hardest hit areas.

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