January elicits the beginning of a new year, a new time period in our lives and a new perspective. What will you do with your new moment? How will you make your life better? How will you support the lives of your children or friends better? How will you engage your community and country better in 2013?
You enjoy a "new moment" in the history of your life. This fresh New Year opens endless opportunities for your highest self-expression. What would be your idea of an emerging vision of your life and community? You may be growing into a higher consciousness with unfolding ideas and creative process.
While 2012 harbors sobering events like Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora Movie Theater, and Hurricane Sandy--life calls us toward living, thriving, and engaging. While we endure political officials in Washington DC, each of us may choose to create a better life in our own families and communities.
My father told me, "Son, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself." As his youngster I add to his wisdom. Let's co-create a better world. Let's work with others to secure the betterment of humanity on our shared planet.
While our country engages different ethnic groups, various religions, and confrontational political factions--it's time for renewed spiritual awakening. How can we prevent some of the tragedies of the past? How can we move away from violence and shift toward loving others and treating strangers with kindness? How can we stop animal cruelty, child abuse, domestic mistreatment, and other negatives?
Answer: you in concert with others!
No matter what the great challenges of 2013, we hold the solutions to what happens in this world. We need our eyes to see and our hearts to open to workable possibilities.
The world in 2012 showed us the futility of wars like Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, few spoke against those 10-year-long wars. What might you do in 2013 to halt the insanity of our war in Afghanistan? You must understand that our leaders will continue that war until we citizens of this Republic speak out against it. If we fail to take action, that war will continue for two solid more years until the end of 2014. It will kill and mutilate hundreds and even thousands of innocent people including our own kids.
Please remember what my minister said this past Sunday: "A little consideration of what happens around us shows us that our small actions count toward making the world a better place." If you persist, something will happen. As Thoreau said, "If you advance confidently toward your dreams, and endeavor to live the life which you have imagined, you will meet with success unexpected in common hours. You will pass through invisible boundaries and you will live with the license of a higher order of beings."
Embrace your good. Get to know and expand the depth and width of yourself. Appreciate your unique talents. Express your gifts. Gallop into the future.
On my cork board above my computer, I created a verse I read every day: "Lean into life, always in gear, turn frustration into fascination."
In 2013, each of us can use our innate power and wisdom as well as our experiences and actions to move humanity toward a higher destiny. On one of my world bicycle journeys, I stopped at the Oracle of Delphi in Greece. On that magnificent mountain overlooking the ancient Mediterranean Sea, I visited a statue of the Greek God Apollo. An inscription read, "Know Thyself". Step up to understand and appreciate yourself, your gifts and your spiritual foundation.
You represent a unique human being of one. Over 7.1 billion humans live, work and play on this planet. Let each of us co-create a higher destiny by our actions in America and around the world--one person, taking positive actions either individually or in groups, will create a better world.
We are all part of "The thing itself" or God or the Great Spirit or the Universal Mind, and we can utilize Its gifts through our actions.
Whenever possible, my wife and I participate in "grounding or Earthing." In order to reconnect with Mother Earth, we take off our shoes on a backpack trip or a bicycle ride or camping trip, and we press our feet to the ground for 30 minutes while we talk. We do this almost daily during the summer. We "re-harmonize" our spirits and vibrations with our planet home. Try it! You will be pleasantly delighted.
In this "new moment" of 2013, expect your renewed sense of "spirit" in your being. Watch for it. Develop it. Engage it in nature.