Well we have said our goodbyes to 2016. The last year was a hard year for many, loved ones that have passed. Loss of jobs and up evil in the world.
As I sit here contemplating the message I want to share this year. I hear family stirring, and as I went into the kitchen to get myself a coffee, I saw the snow storm that is going on outside around us covering everything in a blanket of white.
I have learned to be grateful for the simple things in life. I have a loving family, and yes I will admit, we can get on each others last nerve, but we love each other, and we work through the rough moments. We have a roof over our heads, heat, food, clothing, and our health. As a family I feel we are very blessed.
Going back to the snow storm that is hitting our area hard, gets me to thinking. This storm is covering all the ugliness (2016) in a beautiful blanket of white (2017). The outside is blank as it were. We need to have the same mindset. We are starting off this year with a blank page or book. We have 365 blank pages that we can now fill. How “you” fill those blank pages will determine how this year will turn out. Will it be filled with toxic events or will it have pages filled with us as individuals improving ourselves. Learn the difference between “want” and “need”. Being grateful for what we have already. Learning to treat others as we “ourselves” would want to be treated.
OK, so what is it that we really need. We need peace in this world. We need people to respect each other. We need families to communicate with each other. Even if we don’t agree on views we need to step back, and look at how others see something. This is how we learn. If you are not willing to try and understand how someone else views a situation and refuse to take those blinkers/blinders off then you are part of the problem, and not the solution .Like I have said so many times, “a person can move a mountain one spoon full at a time”.
Now think, what if millions are trying to move that same mountain with their spoons. The mountain will be moved.
We need to take a step back in some ways. We need to get back to where communities helped each other. Do you know your neighbors names? If not, why not take the initiative to go and talk to them?
We need to get off of our cell phones and other gadgets that are so integrated into our lives that we text a person sitting next to us and start paying attention to each other.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a cell phone, but it is used as a tool for work and for communicating with family when we are apart, I do not let it run my life, it is a tool nothing more. When I am at home it sits on my desk until needed. I see kids next to each other texting each other, if they had to physically speak to each other they would be lost. We are creating a generation of people who can not communicate with each other unless they have a cell phone in which they can text each other. This, to me, is terrifying.
A whole generation is loosing the means on how to communicate with one another. These “toys” are fine for keeping in touch with work or friends and family that are spread all over the country or world, but please, put the cell phone down and back away! I ask you now, how much panic will you or family have if you lost your internet and could not communicate with friends. Be honest with yourself. Relationships and families have been torn apart because of this. Don’t let this happen to you.
We as individuals and as communities need to work together to improve and better our lives, each others lives.
Change is coming, and we need to work together and help each other. Coming from a farming area, I will use this example: You need to move something big and heavy, you hitch up a team of horses, if its a good team they work together pulling in the same direction working together and they are able to get the job done. If one of the team slacks off or tries going somewhere else, the job is much harder and may even fail. Why? It’s due to one of the team not willing to work with the others to accomplish a difficult job.
We need to get back to the basics, we need to work with each other, help one another when needed. We need to reconnect, strengthen our bonds with each other. If we work with each other we can do some amazing things, but if we stay disconnected with each other, we are lost.
I want to wish you all a Happy New Year, and looking forward to seeing what we as individuals and as communities can accomplish in the coming year.
Blessings to you all.