Welcome 2012!Posted: January 2, 2012
I’m extremely happy to welcome 2012 and write Happy New Year!! 2011 was a year of adversity for many; full of upheaval. Google made this video called Zeitgeist. (Meaning of zeitgeist: The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.) While the video is correct, I also recall Americans affected by a record number of tornadoes, a hurricane up the East Coast, surprise earthquakes (stupid fracking), floods, etc., in addition to crumbling economies, tsunamis, revolutions, marriages and deaths happening around the world. It almost seemed as if life changing events happened weekly, if not daily. I won’t rehash them; many ‘Year in Review’ shows, videos, articles and posts have already covered it, but even if you didn’t watch or read them, we all still feel it.
On the upside, 2011 was the year I learned social media marketing; joined Twitter, which I love, started this blog and basically met a lot of new people and expanded my talents and horizons. Always a good thing! Being online so much, on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, reading blog posts and articles keeps one very current and aware of what’s happening. All of which made me consider things not just in reference to my life, but globally.
Here’s my defining word for 2011: fragility. For many, 2011 represented a fragility that humans don’t like to accept. No one wants to think of themselves, their families, marriages, creations or their countries as fragile as 2011 proved them to be. No one wants to believe their entire life can be wiped out in a tsunami, a flood, a tornado, an earthquake, by a prolonged period of unemployment at the hands of an uncertain economy, let alone the ‘regulars’ of cancer, heart attack, divorce or war. Power brokers don’t like to think masses of people can change the power structure, which is probably why even in the land of the free and the home of the brave, police have used force against non-violent people protesting the state of our country via what were once called ‘sit-ins.’ Even Osama Bin Laden, who’d been living holed up watching porn for the past five or six years in Pakistan, probably didn’t think a midnight raid would take his life. But we witnessed them, month in and month out, electric changes across countries and continents. Many people like to believe things are inherently the same in this country as they’ve always been. But we know in our hearts they’re not, because we can feel it. This point was brought home again New Year’s Eve, during a last-minute stop to Publix, when I said, “Happy New Year!” to the cashier. She hesitated a bit and then said, “I hope 2012 is a better year. This year has been extremely challenging.” I looked at the woman and replied, “I completely understand. I’m praying for our country and the world.” As I left, it felt like God was saying, ‘See, you’re not the only one who feels this way, millions of people do.’ Is it a crime to acknowledge it, feel it, name it? No, it’s not. So I’ve named it ‘Fragility,’ along the lines of Einstein’s quote, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is to live as though everything is a miracle.” The miracle is that given how fragile everything truly is, that we get on as well as we do. The only crime would be if we allow the knowledge of our fragility to stop us.
So my New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to accept the fragility but not let fear rule my actions or decisions. We don’t know if some major earth event will occur, but we do know that change will continue in every area: business, economics, politics, the Internet, the world. We basically have two choices: to live in anxious fear or to take control of what we actually do. So here are some tools I’m going to use to improve this year:
1. Make lists. A long time ago I used to write everything I needed to do each day; then I started doing it electronically, then stopped altogether. But there’s something very satisfying about physically making a list and crossing things off when you’re done. Progress:)
2. Be early. Not just to appointments or meetings, but to bed, to rise … feeling like you have time increases feelings of control and decreases stress.
3. Stay current. Being aware of what’s happening is not only smart but keys one into opportunities as they arise.
4. Be more spontaneous. We all structure our lives based on various responsibilities. But in reality, we can open ourselves up to more than just what’s on our schedule.
5. Ask for what I want. Sounds so simple, but as most know, it’s not.
I pray 2012 will be a better year for all of U.S. and the entire world. I plan to be blogging about it a year from now and observing if a major shift did occur. It would be nice if everyone started praying for the world and meditating on how we can uplift ourselves and others. Along those lines, I went to yoga tonight and prayed afterwards. Life to all, love to all, peace to all. Namaste!