Happy New Year 2015 thoughts to share across the globe. Thanks to technology, this message can be shared to my social network which spans every continent and has the ability to touch every demographic. I thank you for reading and hope you will pass this message to others.
For everything we do, there should be a valid need and reason (joy, entertainment, education, aid & assistance, growth, advancement, etc.) …. that doesn’t undo other great and necessary efforts already decided as priorities by people with experience and talent at providing solutions to human need.
Red, blue, black or white, rich or poor, famous or unknown, sick or well, disabled or fortunate all of our governments have a responsibility to the people who are being served or governed. In our policy making and choices for the many, let us remember that “the people” are made up of individuals and every one of us matters.
In the 21st Century, we have greater access to advanced technology, medicine, science, knowledge, and power … is it possible that we might learn to use our vast resources for the betterment of the most common requirements of all humanity in Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs that is true of all human kind regardless of country, status, power or position? — guarantee equal rights to health and safety for all ethnicities and gender? There is enough suffering life offers in our lifetimes, why should humanity foist deliberate suffering to any its members?
With age comes wisdom, or so it should … we should all remember, it is often our human created systems that fail us. Author Jeff Sutherland tells us that “If we can blame someone else, we insulate ourselves from the possibility that we’d do the same thing. [make a mistake, do wrong, cause harm, be neglectful]” There’s plenty of blame to go around, we should accept responsibility that is our own and try our best to remember life is a marathon, not a sprint … in our busy-ness lets look out for our neighbors and show concern, compassion, respect and kindness–be of help to others.
…what we preach … all of us are guilty, all of us are hypocrites to some extent (do as I say, not as I do). Becoming a better person; changing a culture; replacing bad habits with new and better ones or strengthening our communities takes a conscious effort and much practice. Concern, compassion, respect and kindness all require practice to improve…similar to the efforts of great athletes, musicians, inventors, painters and parents. Let us find ways to encourage each other; to practice becoming better stewards. We are all architects … of time, is what we are building going to last?
If something is worth doing, its worth doing it right…I know you’ve heard that before. Let us not rush to failure. Let us remember that daily we are building the reality we are subject to. If we do not like what we see, hear, see, experience … there is opportunity for us to improve our product, our process, our speech, our results–the consequences. In everything you do, take pride in your effort as though it is the last effort you will exert on this planet–how do you want your contributions to be remembered?
Thank you again for reading and I wish you much success in 2015!