I read today some “predictions” for the coming year of 2017. For those who are interested in this type of thing, you will not be disappointed. There are hundreds, if not thousands, claiming to see into a future that the rest of us cannot.
I was struck by the starkness of the statements. None could be supported by facts, of course, but they also did not take into account cumulative cause-and-effect theories (also known a causality), nor the emotions that can put a powerful sway on what we see or perceive. Instead, they just stood as isolated statements and, frankly, I found most of them to be fear-based.
This all left me with a “thank you, but no thank you” feeling. I think I would rather work through the future as it is dealt out to me — a spoonful here, a spoonful there.
If you have read any of my past blogs, you know I’m a genuine (flag-waving) optimist that believes that in America and other democratic societies, we have a choice of free will. That choice alone creates opportunity and it creates hope. It also depends on belief. Belief that when the chips are down, you and your fellow man/woman will make the right decision — that your actions will be reflections of the consciousness that comes from the heart.
I believe we all can and do make a difference. Part of Pope Francis’s recent Christmas message was directed at just that thought:
“Peace on earth to men and women of goodwill, who work quietly and patiently each day, in their families and in society, to build a more humane and just world, sustained by the conviction that only with peace is there the possibility of a more prosperous future for all.”
So, I leave you with some thoughts to contemplate as we enter a new year. I wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday. To my friends in Israel and across the world, I wish you a Happy Hanukkah.
Thank you all for reading and being part of my blog.
Shalom … Peace …