Kevin MacMillan: An easy way to help make the world a better place |

Kevin MacMillan: An easy way to help make the world a better place

Last week, I spent three days in Vail, Colo., at our company’s annual meeting, which included all the editors, publishers, senior managers, board of directors and owners of Swift Communications.

You can learn more about Swift, its 30 print and digital publications and our mission to be “Great People Connecting Communities” at

It was an invigorating meeting that focused on a future steeped in excellence and further commitment to our communities (a hallmark our publisher, Michael Gelbman, wrote about last week).

One of the most important draws for me, though, was a wellness seminar that highlighted ideas on how to stay healthy — in body and spirit — in order to maximize productivity in the workplace and beyond. At the end, we were asked to write a “Commitment Statement” focusing on certain values by which to live.

Here’s my statement, which centers on the values of Balance, Fun, Hard Work, Joy and Positive Attitude: “I pledge to maintain a sense of balance between dedication to hard work and dedication to having fun in an overall effort to grow my promotion of a positive attitude with myself and among those around me so we all can attack life and work in a joyful way.”

The exercise was wonderfully valuable, and I encourage everyone to take a few moments, surround yourself with nothing but your thoughts, review where you are in life, devise ideas on how you might improve certain aspects, then choose some values you know are true to you and write your own “Commitment Statement.”

You just might find a way to more easily get through that hectic workday. And hopefully, you’ll have a new approach to bringing fun and respect to your peers to make the world a better place, too.

— Kevin MacMillan is managing editor of the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspapers; he may be reached for comment at Follow him on Twitter @Kevin1MacMillan.

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