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January 3, 2013

A Pledge and A Wish for 2013

Chris Cavey

A New Year has arrived. Although no one knows what lays ahead for 2013 in either our political or personal lives now is the traditional time to make New Year resolutions. This year I am sharing mine!


History proves our New Year resolutions fail most of the time. Eighty-eight percent of those who set New Year's goals fail, but not to worry; goal setting is forward thinking and a failed attempt at self improvement is better than no attempt at all. The ancient Babylonians and the Romans both knew this as they would pledge to their gods annually. Knights in medieval times took a "peacock vow" just after Christmas each year reaffirming their commitments to chivalry.


My "wish" for the New Year is that each member of Maryland's General Assembly read this bit of wisdom, written in 1909 by Methodist Episcopal Bishop John H. Vincent. This is my resolution.


A Resolve for Every Morning of the New Year


I will this day try to live a

simple, sincere and serene life,

repelling promptly every thought of discontent,

anxiety, discouragement, impurity and self-seeking,

cultivating cheerfulness,

magnanimity, charity and

the habit of holy silence,

exercising economy in expenditure,

carefulness in conversation,

diligence in appointed service,

fidelity to every trust and

a child-like trust in God.


Maryland would be in much better shape, fiscally, economically, socially and politically if we go back to the basics concerning the role of government in our lives, understanding the differences between personal responsibility and charity; and remove ourselves from overt partisan political gain, especially when it is at the expense of those who are not political in nature. Is it really too much to hope for desiring simplicity and sincerity?


Think about it, wouldn't repelling discouragement, impurity and self-seeking by our elected officials be a positive direction for Maryland? I am positive the habit of holy silence, the exercising of economy in expenditure, and fidelity to all by the Maryland General Assembly would be of benefit, as would diligence in service to constituency and a child-like trust in God!


This poem is my personal resolution for 2013 – hopefully I meet with success. I challenge all who hold the public trust, as elected officials, to do the same. I am confident those who succeed in fulfilling this New Year resolution will find they have less stress in making political decisions and no fear of re-election in the future.


Happy New Year!!!


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