Resolution to Do the Bare Minimum

Yesterday I accomplished one of my New Year’s Resolutions. I usually don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, like to lose a bunch of weight or to save a huge amount of money, because I’m undisciplined and I never accomplish what I set out to do. This year, however, I made a couple of resolutions to accomplish some easily obtainable goals.

New Year’s Resolution Number One: Sign up for and take a First Aid and CPR Class.

So, that’s what I completed yesterday. Part of the class was online learning, which I had already completed the previous day. Yesterday was the hands-on portion of the class with a certified American Red Cross instructor.

I had taken a CPR class in the past but it has been years ago. I could barely remember that training, and since recommendations are always being updated, it’s good to have your knowledge refreshed. Especially for someone like me, who doesn’t work in healthcare and doesn’t use that knowledge – ever.

I’m glad I took the class, but I hope I’m never in the position to have to use this knowledge. I’m not the calmest person to have around in an emergency. And even though the instruction was very thorough, it also served to remind me of how much I DON’T know. My training in CPR and first aid is really just the bare minimum needed to help someone until the real saviors (the paramedics or healthcare providers) arrive to save the day. But at least I am able to do SOMETHING to help, even if it is the bare minimum. Something is better than nothing. The small amount care I provide could make a difference.

For those of you who have never taken a CPR and first aid class, or who (like me) are a little rusty in their skills, perhaps you will consider making a resolution to sign up for a class this year? You can find a class at a local hospital, parks and recreation department, or you can contact the American Red Cross.

I am certainly resolving to keep my skills fresh by re-certifying every two years, as recommended. My husband and youngest daughter are already certified, and keep up with their re-certifications.

One thought on “Resolution to Do the Bare Minimum

  1. That’s cool! My job keeps me updated every two years but I like the idea of keeping it up if I ever move on to something else. I’m keeping things simple this year. Anything I accomplish this year will be a pleasant surprise. I’m gonna do stuff, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself to meet a lot of goals.


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