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If you haven't yet broken your 2014 New Year's Resolution, or if you haven't made one yet, the first week of Swift Current's Centennial year might be a good time to resolve to make a positive impact on yourself and your community.

The turning of the calendar is a traditional time to make obvious resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, and to save money for something special. These are all worthwhile endeavours, and people should be saluted for the willpower it takes to tackle these personal goals.

In an era of big screen televisions and tablets and high speed internet, it is easy to get out of the healthy habits we often should be striving for.

The year 2014 might be a chance to include one simple extra resolution in Swift Current - make a difference in your community.

This could be a simple one-time gesture of goodwill like shovelling your neighbours sidewalk or picking up blowing garbage on your street. It is not too hard to buy a coffee for the person behind you in the drive-thru, and certainly one of Swift Current's more endearing qualities of simple kindness.

You could also think about making a difference by working as a volunteer, getting out to support the many cultural and athletic activities as a spectator, or making a conscious decision to shop local instead of making shopping excursions out of the region.

If you do not have the time you can certainly make a financial contribution to your favourite charity or cause, as many organizations and agencies regularly have to cut budgets and erase things from their wish lists.

Imagine the numerous acts of kindness and generosity shown in Swift Current over the past 100 years, both big and small, and then think how you can continue this important legacy during Swift Current's Centennial year.

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