Here we are again. Another year has passed, and we are all busy with our lives in one way or another. Dennis and I continue to appreciate all the blessings in our lives and are grateful for good health, a comfortable home, all the basic necessities, genuine friendships, and a loving family. The old adage that the older you get, the more you appreciate what’s really important is so true. As we sit here in our little casita (and I do mean little) we feel rich beyond our dreams. So then, why am I going into this holiday season feeling so melancholy and sad?
I no longer watch the news. It seems there is never a news report without the reporting of lost lives over and over, people desperate and out of control, families torn apart, rampant racism and bigotry, corporate greed, environmental destruction, and skewed values regarding what constitutes a healthy life. I listen to those in government foster fear and false promises, and I am incredulous as to the hypnotism of the masses into believing their dribble.
I walk my dog, talk to my neighbors, putter in my garden, read good books, listen to music, make art, surround myself with positive life affirming people, laugh and dance a lot, and do my best to walk softly on our beautiful earth. I make a difference where and when I can and daily remind myself that the madness that is our world today is not who I am.
The latest madness in San Bernadino did not escape us here in Panama. My heart cries for the victims and the perpetrators. I want a world of peace. I want my grandson to be able to go to school and not have to be bombarded with the horrors that are so commonplace today. This is not the world I want to leave him.
The Christmas advertisements have begun and everyone is whipped into a buying frenzy with people fighting one another over a TV and buying one thing after another to compensate for empty feelings of powerlessness in a world gone crazy. We all show our love through the giving of gifts, but then retreat into fear and being closed off to humanity the rest of the time.
Guns! Where do I even begin? In what world do more guns mean a safer world? My heart continues to break for the violence. Isn’t it time that all people stand up for peace and take back their lives? I don’t care if you are Democrat or Republican, black, red, yellow, or white, Christian, Jew, Budhist, Atheist or Muslim, rich or not so rich, young or old. We are all people sharing this same planet and we need to take care of one another. Period.
So no stories or anecdotes about where we are traveling next or new hobbies or projects. Just a sincere wish for good health, peace, conscience, and love in your lives this coming year. Find and follow your passion. Do good! Don’t wait.
With all my love,
“HOW WONDERFUL IT IS THAT NOBODY NEED WAIT A SINGLE MOMENT BEFORE STARTING TO IMPROVE THE WORLD” Anne Frank