Happy New Year to you all! This is a time when so many of us reflect on the year past and anticipate the year ahead. This past year has seen a lot of things happen. The rise of the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements. Presidential campaigns are in full swing. Babies were born and unfortunately we lost a lot of people. I’d like to mention a few. Steve Jobs technological revolutionary, Nick Ashford half of the genius songwriting team Ashford and Simpson. Amy Winehouse the soulful and tragic songstress, Clarence Clemons the great sax player behind Bruce Springstein. We also lost the eternally opinionated and witty Andy Rooney. No longer with us the sworn enemy of America Osama bin Laden. Moammar Gadhafi, and Kim Jong Il are gone too, many are happy with the deaths of these last three, but death to me is always sad, even when it’s deserved.
Trust me I’m getting to 2012.
Troy Davis was executed after having been convicted of murdering a police officer. Normally I am a supporter of the death penalty, but this case was, to say the least very problematic. Eyewitness testimony was either very questionable and in a couple of cases recanted and there was no physical evidence to connect him to the murder. So after a number of appeals Troy was executed even though in the minds of many people he was innocent. A lot of people, me included, think justice died the day Troy was executed.
We also lost a young man named Mikyle Frank. By all accounts a very popular, loving, and loved person. He was in his early 30’s and he was stabbed in a bar over some foolish little argument. Over nothing a young father is gone…the victim of senseless violence. In response to the tragic loss of Mikyle and many other young people at the cold hand of meaningless violence I have decided to launch an organization called Peace Squad. I intend to take the fight to the violence that is taking our young people away from us. Please visit the website at http://www.peacesquad.org for details and please understand it’s about to go down in 2012.
So yes we are here in what many believe to be a very significant year 2012. The ancient Mayan people of South America were great astrologers and mathematicians and they created amongst other things a Long Count calender. This calender delineated a 5,126 year era. The end of the current era is December 12, 2012. Many very devout people think on that date there will be a huge shift of some kind. Perhaps a shift in the global mindset. A spiritual shift that will unite mankind. Others who are equally devout believe 12-12-2012 will bring the Apocalypse…the end of the world as we know it.
Personally I don’t believe in any of that stuff. I’m not into astrology, I think we make our own choices and those choices have certain consequences good or bad. However, I do think we can use these End Of The World pronouncements to our advantage. The last year has been really difficult for many people, me included. So, why not use this year of 2012 to create the world as we would like it to be?
We do not have to accept that violence will always take our young people away from us. We do not have to accept that our politicians will never care about us, the people who they are supposed to work for. If you’re over weight, that is not your destiny unless you decide that it is. If you’re in a relationship that doesn’t honor you, and make you better, that doesn’t have to be a life sentence. If the recession has dealt you a bad hand, you can throw those cards away, the game is not over.
My point is that whatever you didn’t like about 2011 can be changed in 2012. This year can be exactly what you want it to be…but you have to REALLY want it. You have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in. The work may be hard, but the pay off can be staggering. So what do you want? A better paying job…or any job at all? You can have that. Lower or eliminate your debt, a new car or just a reliable car…you can have that. How about a world where your kids can be safe, because violence is something we only ‘used to know’…yep…we can have that too. What’s important to you? Do you want to be in love? Do you want to record an album, plant a garden on land you own, send your kids to a great college, visit your parents in another state? What do you want for your life? How do you want this world you live in to be?
No matter what you want, no matter how ambitious your dreams and desires are, you are just a number of steps away. Here’s the thing that makes all the awesomeness of your goals manageable…ALL YOU CAN EVER DO IS THE NEXT THING. People tend to get intimidated by big goals and consequently throw up their hands and walk away. They settle for a life that is easier to see. Don’t settle! Any goal imaginable can be broken down into small chunks that you can acomplish today. Want to lose 100 pounds? Pick up the phone and make an appointment with your doctor or join a gym. You don’t have to do the sit-ups today…just call and join. Want to start a business selling solar panels? Do a Google search on where to buy solar panels. You don’t have to order, ship and sell them today. Just take one step…and after that another…and then another.
People who do big things know that there is a pay off at the end of a thousand steps. People who live small only see the thousand steps…they get winded before they even move…and they give up on their dreams. 2012 can be your year. This year can change your life. Greatness in whatever endeavor you choose is within your grasp. But you have to reach out. Greatness will not drag you out of bed. You have to get up and get after it. You have to chase it down…but if you believe…greatness can be yours. Greatness in what ever is important to you, is right around the corner…waiting for you.
So yes 2012 is, or certainly can be The End Of The World As We Know It. I am so ready for a new day…a new life…This is my year. 2012 is my year…and it’s yours too. We are all giants with awesome powers…we just have to except that it is true. I’m so excited for you.
Stay Fly and Fly High,
I believe I was put here on this earth to teach people how to live bigger, better, and more awesome lives. I am not always right but I always have something to say…and I am here to say it. I want to change the world, and I know that I can with a little help from my friends. So, I created The MInd of KLH blog to inform and spark the imagination of anyone desiring a world full of possibilities realized.One Love...Really!
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