Resolution 2013: Let’s try this again

The Earth has completed another revolution around the Sun as it has for over 4 billion years. It is another reminder of how insignificant we are in the context of time.  We’re simply not as important as we think we are.  

Blue Marble courtesy of NASA

So, may this next trip around our Sun be filled with more joy, gratitude, and respect toward the planet and ALL of its inhabitants (including the people we find hard to like and love).

May our resolutions be filled with meaningful and purposeful goals that benefit the good of all.  May our speech, including our Tweets and Facebook status updates, be gracious, showing restraint in regards to unmitigated scrutiny, judgment, and contempt.   May we cease to be peddlers of fear and instead become voices of hope. 

May we, as it has been said by others, be tough on the problems facing us all and a lot easier on each other.  Our appearance on this stage, as Shakespeare once called it, is brief and, unlike very few, may be without fame or celebrity status.  But as we live and breath on the brink of 2013 we get to take another spin on this planet and a chance to make a positive and productive contribution.  So, let’s try this again, only with less rage and hate, and a lot more peace and love. 

Happy New Year!

“Plenty”: A Poem for Thanksgiving

Having shared our bread,
we know that we
no longer hungry. It is enough

that you see me for myself.
That I see you for yourself.
That we bless what we see

and do not borrow, do not use
one another. This is how we know
we are no longer hungry . . .that

the world is full of terror, fully of beauty
and yet we are not afraid to find solace.
To be bread for each other. To love.

Plenty, by Gunilla Norris