By Pat Stacey
The beginning of the year often brings new resolutions, new beginnings, new commitments.
January first marked the date that some 20 new laws went into effect in the state of Texas. And so it is a popular time to reflect and consider what changes can be made to improve ourselves and our lives.
The most popular new year's resolution has to be either to lose weight or to quit smoking. God forbid that you be an overweight smoker - but as fast as these new life-changing decisions come up, they also disappear in a matter of weeks and we are left in pretty much the same state as we were on December 31st.
As Texans and as east Texans, we have a lot to be thankful for and, yet, still many will choose to consider themselves victims of another year of bad luck or bad circumstances.
I would challenge that notion that if we all had just one new year's resolution that we stuck with – it would be that we are responsible. We are the prime influence on our condition, not the government, some factor at work or some factor at home. We are in control of our situation and if you choose to take on the victim mentality, then you will look an awful lot like a victim.
So perhaps, the smoking cessation and weight loss promises can be preempted this year by a commitment to ourselves to be better people. It will make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of those around us and it will make for a Better East Texas.