Man, those lyrics (REM) really mean something else this year, don’t they?
The Mayan calendar ends (disputed) later this week on Friday, December 21, 2012. Regardless of what you believe, I propose that it is an end of the world, as we know it. With the Internet changing what we hear, read and understand about each other, we are living a time where our communication changes daily. New computers, phones, tables, ideas, blogs, texting, videos and so much more, how can one NOT say the world as we know it is over?
I propose for myself to embrace this change and evolve. History teaches us that when something does not evolve, it becomes extinct, like the Dodo bird or Hostess. So, in the spirit of the holidays and the Mayan calendar, I have created this list of things to look forward to, starting December 21. I am not waiting for New Years, it seems to pale this year.
Embrace new ideas
This is simple – listen to what others have to say about something and truly try to see it from THEIR point of view, before you cram your point down their throat
Give a little
Find a charity (organized or not) and help them out. Try something simple like helping a neighbor, volunteer your time at a senior center or give that $10 to that charity you always put off. Remember, your time is actually worth more than $$. Anything or anyone can be a charity, just don’t gloat about it afterwards.
Make a difference to your community, get involved
Quit bitching about politics and go to a couple of town meetings. One cannot complain about something one does nothing about.
Change your story and be positive
We have all lost income, houses, business, loved ones. I am not downplaying any of these, but the key to life is in living now, not in the past. Ask yourself, “is this really how so and so would have wanted me to live?” or “Do I really need to bring my friends and coworkers down with this baggage?” The choice of how we live is within each and every one of us, from the ex-felon and addicts to the straight and narrow who lost it all. It is easier to help someone who is being positive and trying than it is to hear the person who constantly tells you the same ol’ story over and over again.
I know all this may sound trite or obvious, depending on who you are, but I for one am looking forward to new and exciting changes in the world. The changes I am making are mine, not yours. By the same token, the changes you decide are all you, no one else. Change is good and brings out the best in humans. Stagnation – will lead us all to extinction.
And that is why I say: “Its the end of the world as we know it… and I feel fine.”