12/28/2012 06:14 pm ET Updated Feb 27, 2013

New Year's Resolutions After the Two Sandys

As 2012 fades into memory, we look forward to the blank slate that is 2013. With the still fresh wounds of the horror and destruction of the two Sandys -- Superstorm Sandy and Sandy Hook Elementary School -- the usual New Year's Resolutions like losing weight seem frivolous and off key. These two cataclysmic events reminded us to count the blessings that we too often take for granted -- family, children, grandchildren, home, health, and safety.

Ann Curry's #26Acts of Kindness hits the mark with an imperative for each of us to give of ourselves in big or small ways to honor the memories of the Newtown victims. So does the 92Y's #GivingTuesday initiative, which puts charitable giving front and center.

With so much devastation around us, we can only hope that 2013 will be brighter. Our New Year's Resolutions -- instead of being narrow and selfish -- can truly help to make things better. They can also model for our children and grandchildren what is truly important. I, for one, am going to abandon my usual resolutions in favor of the following:

Be kinder
Be more compassionate
Be more understanding
Be less critical
Complain less
Praise more.

Be more forgiving
Be more generous
Be more present
Be more appreciative
Worry less
Count blessings more.

My sincere wish for you and your family is that 2013 will be a year of health and happiness, and that peace and understanding will light the world!