2012... New Year or Carry-Over?
Today, I present to you two pictures, both totally beautiful in their own way. They are also completely opposite of each other. One shows the beauty of the mountains and water, a place where there is life and growth and peace and serenity. The second picture tells a different story. It speaks of harshness and famine and yet it pushes forward the hope that from a desert can come water. These things are what I write about today are exactly that. Pictures in my mind of what the New year may bring to us.
The world has been in Chaos for a very long time. We have seen wars and so much death. We have seen feasting and we have seen famine, both to the brim. We, as a people, world wide, have seen destruction at it's worst. Storms and Tsunami's that have devastated lives. Sad moments and good times, not always a balanced mix, but part of the year that is going and I wonder... part of the New Year? Are you changing the Calendar only in Date or is the New year going to bring to us something truly new? The world, 7 billion strong, is changing and yet, I can't help but think of the saying "History will repeat itself." I fear that we are not ending a year but continuing with a simple flip of the calender page.
The economy isn't getting better and stores are closing all over the States.These are happenings that will not stay in 2011. They will follow us right in to 2012 and the reaction to the actions will leave more people with out jobs. No jobs translates into no money and no homes and sadly, less or no food for our people. Bringing in the New year will not have any less flair than it has for the past 230+ years that we have been a free nation in America. There will be champagneand snacks and cheers and people will stay awake and sit near their T.V.'s long enough to watch the ball drop in Times Square, lighting up the screen with wishes of a Happy New Year to everyone. We will hug our loved ones and slip in to our beds. Perhaps we will say a prayer that the new year be a better year. And in the morning, hangovers for some, wandering thoughts for others, it will be 2012. We will take a moment to look back on 2011 and as our thoughts deepen, we may then realize that 2011 isn't gone at all. It is simply gripping 2012 by the shirt tail and bringing it's baggage with it.
Why do I write this today? Do I have anything good to say about 2012 coming? Of course I do. I have already made silent resolutions to lose weight and exercise more, the same as I make every year. I have added a few to the list such as selling more books, furthering my knowledge concerning marketing and sales. Taking time to really stop and count the blessing that are mine each and every day is something I really Must do. There is the chance the economy will change for the better and jobs will open and we will, as a people, no matter what continent you call home, find ways to feed our hungry and see to it that not one single child is hungry or homeless.
I write today because only We can make 2012 it's own year. We, together must find a way to bring back the things this country was built on. Freedom and peace and the pursuit of happiness. All the other continents need to do the same. We can watch "history repeat itself" or choose to write New chapters and New beginnings so that we can live and prosper on this planet we call home. Find peace for nations that are fighting and killing daily. War does NOT make peace. It makes over seers and countries that fall to war don't make peace with their enemy. They simply concede and tolerate until a day they are strong enough to fight back again. I will not insert my political thoughts here. It is not the time nor the place. I am saying that if countries are to change, well, as quoted from the bible and our Lord Jesus, Christ, before worlds can change, people must change." So there you have it. All we need to do is change for the better. Do not allow this country to fall victim to the elements around us. Stand strong and stand together as one and take the time to know your neighbor. Pray for this country that God not feel shoved out and that he continues to be a huge part of our lives. I pray for the goodness of the mountains and beauty and peace and serenity. But know this, if we find ourselves in the midst of a desert for an economy or life, we can come together and find water where there appears to be none.
2012 will be New for sure, and we will be here to welcome it in with smiles and hugs. And yes, let us all pray that it is a better year filled with love and goodness and joy. Happy New Year to each and every one of you. From my heart to yours... Mwahhhhhhhhhh. Be safe and enjoy. Always, Darrel