Happy Endings

According to theorists studying the Mayan Calendar, the world as we know it will come to an end tomorrow, 12/21/12. You know what? I hope they’re right.

The weather in St. Louis was weird this morning. Skies were dark one moment, then the sun peeked through, then skies went dark again as the winds picked up and clouds rolled in. It rained overnight and now it’s snowing. One thing I love about a good storm is the morning after when the sky seems scoured clean, the air is crisp, and the sun reappears. Could we be in for a morning like that tomorrow?

Maybe it will take another whole day of storms to wash away the ugliness the world has been displaying lately, and maybe those Mayan Calendar theorists are on to something. Maybe the world as we know it NEEDS to end so a new, more tolerant and supportive world can begin. It would take a change of hearts and minds on a global scale to really alter the direction humanity is headed, but global change begins locally, right?

What harm could it possibly do if, as the clocks and calendars across the world tick over into Friday, we were all to start thinking about slowing down and showing each other more respect? If we all consciously stopped and took time to think about how our actions and words affect those around us? How could it be a bad thing if everyone finally gave compassion a fair shake and wanted to help each other instead of competing on every level every day?

Don’t mistake me. I’m not suggesting we stop living our lives and drop everything we do or give away our material possessions and join convents and monasteries  This is not about choosing one religion over another or the rich versus the poor. This is not about skin color or where we live. I’m talking about a very simple thing EVERYONE around the world could do to make a change. Everyone, everywhere, of every age, race, class, sexual orientation, those who believe, those who don’t, young, old, the haves and the have-nots; every human being on the planet can do this.

I challenge you to stop or slow down for a minute between now and tomorrow to really consider what you’re doing and why. Would it be bad if we were nicer to each other? If we choose to be, will the world as we know it be different?

Here’s hoping the Mayan Calendar has been correctly interpreted and the world as we know it will end tomorrow, 12/21/12. We’ll be in a better place and I feel fine about it. How will you help facilitate a change?

 

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6 thoughts on “Happy Endings

  1. Jewels — I thought of the whole massage with a “happy ending” thing, too. 🙂

    On a serious note, I have personally vowed to wait before acting on impulse when disciplining our 5-year old. Life is too short to spend it griping at my son, and he doesn’t need to hear it (and doesn’t deserve it) either. Perhaps that’s a small step, but we could all stand to have a little more self-control.

    Thanks for the reminder, Sean!

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