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Saturday, December 30, 2006

So long 2006 and 2007 Challenge

My first inclination was to reminisce over the events that took place this year. So many events, so many emotions, it quickly became overwhelming to think of it all at the same time. What do I want to come away with as 2006 comes to a close? Did I succeed with last New Years goals? Have I become a better or worse person? Did I make or lose friends? What have I done to improve my quality of life, my state of mind, my mood and my surroundings? What really matters in the big scheme of things?

Nothing puts things more in perspective when someone close to you is hurting. You try to put yourself in their shoes yet it is impossible to experience what they are going through. I pray for my friend and the healing of his loved one. On any given day, it could be me sitting in the hospital in his position.

Health and wisdom are the two things that I wish 2006 would have brought along. Health for all, accompanied with wisdom to stop before something stupid or tragic was done. In my case, I was very ill several times specially towards the last few months of this year. As soon as I recuperated, I wore myself out trying to catch up on all the things I was not able to do. Then I would fall ill again. Why push yourself to the grave?

One name that has never left my mind is Nixzmary Brown. The more I read about how she lived, the angrier I became. Wisdom and courage were needed to save her from her stupid and horrible parents. That is one of the many things that took place this year that got to me. I thought I was becoming desensitized to human tragedies after hearing so much of it yet I was wrong.

After coming up for air I realized if we all snapped our fingers and had things done our way, we still would have the mess we have now. We are so selfish. If only the common denominator would be compassion, healing and a positive outlook, things would be better off. Unrealistic you say? Probably yet the direction we take individually at some point comes face to face to the directions others are taking, who is right? We are all wrong if we do nothing to help those who are not able to help themselves. A place to start is to wonder why you don’t care. If you do care, then you are ahead of the rest. We can step outside ourselves to give someone a hand. It has to be a conscious effort without expecting a personal gain. We need money to pay out bills, buy our things etc, just as money is our financial currency, compassion is our moral one. Therefore the 2006 Challenge that I posted last year has been simplified for this year.
The 2007 Challenge: Care to make this world a better place somehow, even if you start with small steps, take the first step the rest will slowly follow.

May you be the person you know you can be. May your life be filled with health, wisdom and success in all you do. Oh and when you run out of people to blame for how miserable you feel, look in the mirror, shake it off, start a new, you get a chance to get your emotions on the right track every second of the day.
Isn’t life grand!

2 comments:

Claire de' said...

Morning Norbey, Happy New Year
Thought this fit in your area here, a friend of mine put it on her web site and it needs to be spread around, it suits your comment box today. Adds to your challenge.... enjoy the thoughts. Let's have a great year.



You know who you are. Paradox Of Our Times Today we have bigger houses and smaller families More conveniences , but less time We Have More degrees, but less common sense More knowledge , but less judgment We have more experts, but more problems More medicine, but less wellness We spend too recklessly Laugh too little Drive too fast Get to angry too quickly Stay up too late Read too little Watch TV too much And pray too seldom We multiply our possessions, but reduce our values We talk too much, love too little and lie too often We've learned how to make a living, but not a life We've added years to life, not life to years We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints We spend more, but have less We buy more, enjoy it less We've been all the way to the moon and back But have trouble crossing the street to meet our neighbors. We've conquered outer space, But not inner space We've split the atom But not our prejudice We write more, learn less, ---------------------- plan more, but accomplish less we've learned to rush, but not to wait, we have higher incomes , but lower morals We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies But have less communications We are long on quantity, But less in quality These are the time of fast foods and slow digestion Tall men , and short character More leisure and less fun ,,,,,more kinds of foods ,,,,, but less nutrition Two incomes ,,,,,but more divorce Fancier houses ,,,, but broken homes That's why I propose , that as of today , you do not keep anything for special occasion , because every day you live is a special occasion. Search for knowledge , read more , sit on your front porch and admire the view without paying attention to your needs. Spend more time with your family and friends , eat your favorite foods, and visit the places you love . Life is a chain of moments of enjoyment, not only about survival. Use your crystal goblets, do not save your best perfume, and use it every time you feel you want it. Remove from vocabulary phrases like " one of these days " and " someday" Let's write that letter we thought of writing " one of these days " Let's tell our families and friends how much we love them. Do not delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life . Every day , every hour , and every minute is special. And you don't know if it will be your last .

norbela said...

Claire de',

Well said! Thanks for sharing it with me. It's speaks the truth all the way to the very end.

I'm with you!!! Let's have a great year!

Norbey

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