Happy New Year

Welcome to my new blogsite and first blog.  It seems fitting to write about the holidays with Christmas still in the rear view mirror and the New Year fast approaching.  Truth be told, this isn’t my favorite time of year.  It leaves me discombobulated with all the chaos left in its wake.  On top of that, we’ll be reminded for a week straight over and over what all the disasters and bad things were that happened over the course of the year.  2011 had more than its share from the tsunami in Japan, unrest in the middle east, more of our soldiers fighting and dying, political gridlock, economic tailspins across the world and the tornado in Joplin, just to name a few.  It seems as though we are on this big wheel that just goes round and round.  The same types of bad things happen over and over, year after year.  I’d like to know when the human race will finally evolve so that we can move past these things that only take us closer to our final demise.

There is an answer to this question.  It rests in us as individuals.  While I won’t go into the details, personal events of 2011 brought me to my knees.  I had two choices, evolve or continue on a path that would ultimately lead to a place I didn’t want to be.  I chose to evolve.  The thing about evolution is that it necessarily requires giving up old ways of being.  It’s really hard work that isn’t particularly fun having to make assessments of what is good and bad in one’s life, including admitting failings.  Flaws can’t be repaired without knowing them in the first place. 

Human beings by nature are terrible at admitting their imperfections.  It’s always somebody else’s fault.  It’s always us against them.  We can be selfish, arrogant, petty, spiteful and just plain mean.  And, we are masters at not taking responsibility for our own actions.  If we as individuals, and ultimately as a country are to evolve to a better place so that we can finally get off of this wheel, we need to be responsible for our own actions, admit our flaws and cultivate the better parts of our human nature.  Things like intelligence, kindness, hard work, honesty, humility, compassion, and being grateful. 

Awesome things do happen when we find our better selves.  As for evolution, every species that evolved did so because of one positive change by one individual that provided the spark.  All around the world, people are doing positive things that at a minimum bring them much happiness, fulfillment and in small ways make the world a better place.  Somewhere, in all that good is the spark to our greater human evolution.    

I wish you all the happiest New Year in which you find the evolution toward your own best selves.  Peace.