The year 2016 is upon us. What an exciting year we can make it! Now many of us will have new resolutions that we envision that we want to come true. Many of us will continue what we do every year: reflect and do nothing. However, I hope many of us here in Everett will remember the importance of giving back to our diverse community. This is an action, which is not about observation or talking. An action in which we can do something that is outside our comfort zone and reach out to a person or a group of people who needs our help. With some people going through foreclosures, losing loved ones or financially unstable, I am hoping people will step up and see what they can personally help or solve to make Everett a better place.
I realized servant leadership was ingrained in me at a young age. I have always enjoyed making a person smile or even better, laugh, to realize how amazing life is. My parents have taught me the principle, “When you have two, please split it evenly among everyone.” This is why every year on my birthday, I give back in some way to help others who may have been forgotten or are less fortunate. This year, I wanted to help our seasoned and wiser community members by showing appreciation and to let them know thank you. Sometimes, we are very busy that we forget that our grandparents or great aunts / uncles, brothers or sisters need a little time of appreciation. For the holidays, I was able to help put a few more smiles. The Holiday Appreciation Dinner, I hosted, for the seniors was an excellent success. My Grandparents and Godmother would have been very proud. Once more, with the New Year here, let us not forget about our family members, friends, neighbors or strangers who need to know we appreciate them. Happy New Year!
– Gerly Adrien