Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Wow – it’s 2012.  It is the year of our Lord two-thousand-and-twelve.  When I was growing up and even as a teenager, 2010 was science fiction; it never once occurred to me I would actually see another Century much less live in said Century! 

According to a lot of people, this is the year the world is going to change and the Apocalypse is going to happen because the Mayan calendar said so.  There are even people I know who jokingly talk about this being the End of the World Year. 

I have two questions for these folks, and for anyone else:  1) Have you really considered what “the end of the world” means?  2) What if it doesn’t end? 

If this is the year the world, as we know it, ends, then shouldn’t people actually start considering what happens after death and maybe start getting their lives in order just in case there is a hereafter and God?  And, if this isn’t the year the world ends, shouldn’t the future be viewed with more hope and a desire to make that hope into a reality instead of destroying what is left of our planet and world? 

Me, personally, I don’t know if the world is going to end or not.  The Mayans predicted a change for this year.  A lot of people are taking this change as being bad, but, What if it is good?  It is so easy to believe negative things than to actually look to the future with hope.  I know – I fight with this almost every day and make a conscious choice to be hopeful and positive (and even then I fail sometimes).  I don’t put on rose colored glasses where I refuse to see reality and “how things really are” around me, but I hope for the best part of humanity playing out and I try, very hard, not to just hope:  I actually try and put that hope into action somehow even if it is nothing more than praying or knitting a scarf for a homeless man, or buying someone a cup of coffee who looks cold.

The positive aspect of human kind rests with each individual human, and that includes me…and you.  This year I want to make my efforts be stronger so the human in me is not wiped out or taken over by cynicism; instead, I want the human in me, the good in me, the God in me more visible because I don’t think it always is.