Thoughts At The Start Of 2022

Wellington Village Manager Jim Barnes

2022 may be the most highly anticipated new year of our lives. It seems people have been wishing away 2021 for months (and 2020 before it), ready to put this challenging time behind us and move on. However, as we approach a new year, I am mindful that it is not the changing of a calendar year that will bring us a new beginning; it is our own drive, perseverance and resolve that will propel us to a better tomorrow. As we forge ahead, I offer up a few themes to reflect upon as you consider making any positive changes in your lives, whether or not you call them “resolutions.”

Take care of yourself. Mental wellness has never been more important. The global pandemic has forced all of us to exercise patience and resilience at extraordinary levels. It is imperative to take time for self-care. Take advantage of the great resources we have in Wellington and the western communities, which offer care, counsel and support through a variety of programs and services. Or simply take time to read a book, take a walk, breathe fresh air, meditate or pray. Exercise, eat well and get enough sleep. All of those things you have no doubt heard before, but now may be understanding their value on a new level.

Take care of others. The Wellington community and western communities in general have come together like never before during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we must continue to do so. Reach out to your neighbors. Serve the community to the extent that you can. Donate your time, talents or treasure to our robust nonprofit community, from the Wellington Community Foundation, to the Wellington Rotary, Kiwanis and Back to Basics. Many people would be surprised by the volume of needs met by our charitable organizations, and those needs can only be met with ongoing support from residents like you.

Be kind. It is a simple concept we learn as children, but in the age of social media and political division, civility and common courtesy too often are taking a back seat in our society. It does not have to be that way, and we each have the power in our daily interactions to treat others with respect.  

Thanks to the leadership of the Wellington Village Council, we look forward to our continuing service to the residents of Wellington and the western communities in 2022. As we move forward, I know that we will usher in a promising new year the same way we tackled the last one — together.

Jim Barnes, Wellington Village Manager