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The Things To Come: Embracing 2011

December 24, 2010

North Georgia Community - Built Upon Each Other

2011 holds so much promise, don’t you think?  Every new year does, of course.  But for the past few year’s we’ve watched our economy crash and burn and our national debt rise.  We’ve witnessed horrifying devastation in country’s like Haiti and human suffering that brought tears to our eyes.

But hope springs eternal and 2011, if nothing else, is filled with hope.

For the world, my wish is love, healing, forgiveness and a sense of our corporate ‘Oneness’.

It has always struck me how in an instant our better nature can rise to the surface in times of terrible tragedy, like 911, the Haiti earth quake, the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, and the hurricane Katrina catastrophe. Whether it was an American disaster or one in another part of the world, our hearts were stirred and the compassion that lives in our better nature surfaced.  So, it saddens me that after a period of time, somehow we allow our hearts to harden again.  We forget that sense of being a part of each other, of the fact that there really isn’t ANYTHING that separates us.  Sadly, then indifference or judgment set back in.

If we could all find a way to walk in that compassion and caring; if we could all find a way to be One people, how much could we accomplish in 2011?  Being ONE doesn’t mean we agree with or embrace everything our neighbor embraces.  It means knowing they have the right to be different in some ways and that’s okay.

Most people worldwide want a good life.  They want to see their children get a good education and be safe.  The vast majority of earth dwellers just want to live a peaceful life with those we love.  So, I suggest that this year we focus on that huge majority.  Yes, there are a few people in every society that have given their thinking over to hate and jealousy; who don’t know the healing powers of love and forgiveness.  We know they’re there.  If you focus on the darkness you become dark.   Let’s shine our light on the good because it’s everywhere – in every city across this tired old planet.

What can we learn from children?

Love lifts us – it makes us One.  Love will help us reach out across the lines of country, religion and race and see each other as brothers and sisters.  Our highest nature will stand out for the good of our children, our individual cultures and our world.

North Georgia has a rich and diverse culture.  It is replete with decent, hard-working souls who care about their neighbors.  Southern hospitality still lives in these mountains and within that is wisdom and charity.

There is a conundrum of sorts in life that really has a very simple explanation: Love is Forgivness and Forgivness is Love.  We don’t have to understand it’s complex simplicity or where it begins or ends.  We just have to be a part of it – for the good of all. Because, in reality, we not only want to leave the world a better place for the next generation, we want to enjoy a better, happier, healthier and more loving world RIGHT NOW.

It’s within our reach. Just be the Peace, the Love, the Forgivness you want to see in others.  (And remember – forgive yourself when you have a ‘human’ moment – then get back up and try again.)  Just by that one little action, you will multiply that emotion and be a part of a great chain of action that will bring about much joy.  In reality, whether the economy is strong or not, the things that really make for a good life have nothing to do with money, possessions or capital gain.  It lies within the realm of the intangible.  It celebrates a smile on your neighbors face, a beautiful sunset, a kind word.

2011 – what wonder do you hold?


One Comment leave one →
  1. January 1, 2011 5:25 pm


    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”

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