Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Turning Away



As a society, we have collectively turned away from those in need, those less fortunate.  The One Percent display an astounding, incomprehensible greed and then tell the rest of us that it's the impoverished that is the reason we can't get ahead.  It is coming or has come to the point of revolution over complacency.  Yes, revolution.  The apathy that is being displayed by many must cease.  

And it begins with you.  It begins with all of us.  We are not asking for handouts, we are only asking for our share.  We are asking the rich to pay their fair share.  Our country is being slowly undone by the oligarchs, the plutocrats, and the Christian evangelicals (who have long since discarded what their Bible teaches).

Please don't accept what is happening.




Non-Binding (New Year) Resolutions


I like to tell myself and others that I don't make New Year's resolutions.  Why should you wait for a particular day to start something?  Just be in the now, start right now, if you want to change then just change.  Right?  And here I am, January 1st, about to lay it all out.  I'm not planning anything that's too out of reach. So, here it is.  My New Year resolution is to live a life of mindfulness and gratitude.  It's really simple.  One just focuses on what one already has instead of obsessing about the things that are beyond grasp.

I actually see this goal, or resolution, far-reaching.  I may not even have to think about a resolution next year.  This could be my last New Year Resolution.  Ever.

Oh sure, I have a list in my head of all the things that I want to accomplish in the coming year but the list is ever changing and, well, I started it years ago.  I didn't pick an arbitrary date to start.

I'm not criticizing others who make New Years Resolutions.  Jan 1st is a good benchmark as any for change.  My only advice is go easy on yourself.  You are given one life.  Make it your own.  In other words, be directly involved in your one wild, crazy, unique life. Don't allow anyone to live it for you.  That isn't your purpose.  

It's okay to give yourself to the service of others, but it's necessary to keep some of yourself for you.

Have a spectacular 2019.  Now, if you will excuse me I am going to go lose 50 pounds (sensibly, of course) and endeavor to read all the books on my shelves....