"Get lean and green in 2014"

“Get lean go green in 2014”

Well it’s that time of year again to ring out the old and ring in the new! This year has been a roller coaster of challenge, change, success, failure, and loss for me, as I’m sure it has been for many of you.

As we enter into the New Year, I’d like to offer some timeless quotes to ponder:

“For all your days prepare, and meet them ever alike: when you are the anvil, bear – when you are the hammer, strike.” Edwin Markham

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.” Elbert Hubbard

“I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of them never happened.” Mark Twain

“The world is blessed most by men who do things, and not by those who merely talk about them.” James Oliver

“Most folk are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” James M. Barrie

“Nothing is all wrong. Even a clock that has stopped running is right twice a day.” Anonymous

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late.” Old Proverb

“Better are the blows of a friend than the false kisses of an enemy.” Thomas a Becket

“The wise does at once what the fool does at last.” Baltasar Gracian

“Be not simply good – be good for something.” Henry David Thoreau

My slogan for 2014 is centered on lifestyle change and frugal living. Like a sinking ship, sometimes we have to throw things overboard; things that weigh us down like unhealthy habits and bad relationships. The term ‘going green’ is usually associated with energy saving – saving the planet, but what can we do every day to improve and save our communities? What small sacrifices can we make like not littering the streets with trash? Can we live without the latest new gadget that will be outdated in six months anyway?

With that said, here’s my slogan: “Get lean go green in 2014!”

Larry Buford

Larry Buford