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  • Jolene Roehlkepartain

My Scooby-Doo New Year’s Resolutions

This year, I resolve to be more like Scooby-Doo, the talking Great Dane of the animated series, Scooby-Doo. While Fred, Daphne, and Velma hunt for clues to capture bad guys, Scooby-Doo finds silliness and humor while ridding the world of evil with his friend, Shaggy.

Scooby-Doo doesn’t shirk his responsibility. He makes the situation better, in his own way. He does so without being so serious and intense, which is a good model for me.

This year, I aim to be more like Scooby by being more:

Curious—Scooby wonders what’s behind closed doors, closets, trunks, and corners. He’s always exploring. He doesn’t let his fear hold him back.

Authentic and expressive—Scooby expresses all his feelings. His body wiggles with laughter. When he’s frightened, he jumps into Shaggy’s arms.

Stylish—The dog wears a teal collar that’s monogrammed with SD.

Open to what’s humorous—Even when the world falls apart, Scooby laughs, fools around, and makes jokes. He helps to lighten the load for everyone around him.

Takes much-needed breaks—When Scooby’s stomach rumbles, he eats his Scooby Snax. He hides when he gets overwhelmed (and comes out when he’s less stressed).

Playful— He may act scared during chase scenes, but Scooby gets a lot of joy and silliness out of them as well. The dog also has four nicknames (Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Scooby, and Scoob), which adds to the playfulness. Who knew his full name was Scoobert Doo?

Creative with sound effects—When mistakes or unexpected things happen, Scooby says, “Ruh-roh” (uh-oh)! When he’s surprised, he says, “Zoinks!”

Brave—Although Scooby is a scaredy dog, he does know how and when to be brave. Whenever his friends are in danger, Scooby steps in and helps out.

The world needs all kinds to be a better place. We need problem solvers and visionaries. We need those who do hard work, and we need those like Scooby-Doo who contribute in a lighter, sillier, more humorous way.

May I be more like Scooby-Doo this year.

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