I have been watching the posts on facebook and elsewhere about what people are dreaming in for 2017 and some have been really interesting. Everyone is brimming with optimism however some seem to be optimistic for optimisms sake. Just because it is a new year doesn’t mean that things will necessarily change. If we don’t make a concerted effort to take some action and make the changes we seek then most things will probably stay the same. I have been reflecting on how I would like to approach 2017. Here are some of my thoughts.
Don’t wait for abundance to give. Firstly, what is abundance? Doesn’t the fact that you have everything you need and more not mean that you already receive abundance? I wonder how much more we think we need before we can give without expecting anything in return. This is contradicted many times by social experiments where the people who have the least often give the most. So let’s decide that we don’t need lots of money to give. We can give of our time, money according to our own ability and sometimes paying it forward in small ways.
If you stand for something it doesn’t mean that you are automatically against something. We live in a world where if you voice an opinion that is not in alignment with others you are instantaneously in opposition to them. This is a new phenomenon but it seems people are no longer allowed or able to agree to disagree. If you are Pro-Choice it must mean that you are Pro-Abortion right? Nothing could be further from the truth you only believe that women need to be able to make their own choices and take responsibility for them. There are so many examples of this nonsense… if you think that Israel should not build new settlements in Palestine then of course you are an anti-Semite. If you believe that the carnage in Syria is an abomination and feel compassion for the people then surely you support the terrorists in some way. This opposition brings separation, have your heard of divide and conquer? It needs to be nipped in the bud! Make sure people understand what you stand for and don’t back down.
Have you heard that the word Post-Truth is one of the words being added to the Oxford Dictionary for 2016? It seems we now live in a world of exactly that, post-truth. Everything was turned upside down in 2016 when it comes to truth and integrity. It seems you only need to repeat a lie many times for it to become the truth. People are distorting the truth and twisting lies until it seems like the truth but the biggest problem is that it is all perception and you are going to believe what you want depending on your bent of character. So I am going to search for the truth and even if I don’t like it accept the truth to be the truth. Granted that is if I can find the truth out there….
In 2017 I am going to watch what people do not just what they say. I have made a vow to myself to meet every commitment I have made to myself. I am good at meeting the expectations of others but I don’t always follow through on my commitments to myself. In 2017 I am going to change that.
Integrity is going to be very important this coming year and I am going to hold it as a beacon of inspiration. If we all act with integrity imagine the changes that will happen in our own lives!
I want to leave you with one last thought, remember that Edmond Burke once said:
Love & Light