If you are like me, the close of the calendar year offers plenty of opportunity to reflect on the passing time. Here in Oklahoma City, we certainly have a lot to celebrate as a community. From the growth of Tinker, to the development of Oklahoma City’s innovation district, 2015 has brought us success in many ways.
This time of year also provides the chance to plan for what is to come, both professionally and personally. If you are the type of person to make resolutions or goals for the New Year, I want to suggest that you add one resolution to contribute to the Oklahoma City community. Here are a few suggestions:
• View Oklahoma City through the eyes of a visitor by spending a day in a museum that you have never visited or eating at a new restaurant in your neighborhood.
• Act as a professional mentor. Contribute to someone’s professional growth by mentoring a young professional in your field of expertise.
• Volunteer. Whether your passion is helping students succeed, planting an urban garden or promoting the arts, consider doing pro bono work or volunteering your time with an organization that you care about.
While we can’t predict how 2016 will treat Oklahoma City, I am confident of one thing: The people of Oklahoma City always make the best of every situation. If we all choose one way to positively impact our city’s future in the upcoming year, Oklahoma City will continue to reap the rewards of an engaged community.