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When I reflect on the year, it is really remarkable to me how this blog has morphed from being an online personal journal to what it is today. First I must thank the universe for providing such a remarkable cast of characters and events to observe and comment on during the year. But more importantly, I have been really humbled by the people who have read the blog and taken the time to make their comments. I honestly did not think anyone would really care what I had to say, let alone encourage an old fool like me to do more!
I have come to realize in concrete terms that we all play an important role in how our future unfolds. I have also learned that there are those in our world who honestly believe we are, for the most part, their slaves and servants. What we are seeing, I hope, is a great awakening. The act of throwing off the chains of ignorance and poverty from our backs. There is still a lot more waking up required and we must get off our lazy butts and begin the process of reclaiming our lives. However, not with violence, anarchy, or revolution as some who are spewing such vitriol dialogue, but by reclaiming our political processes and taking personal responsibility for everyone in our communities.
I believe we are fast approaching the most trying times in our history. We have been lied to about the nature of the upcoming events, we have been deceived into believing our governments are “taking care of us” and most importantly we really have no idea who is really running the show. We must expose these facts, we must question everything we think we know, and we must talk to each other about how WE are going to fix it.
There is no THEY. It is US. I have lived all over the world and in every culture. Years in Europe, 3 years in Africa, 2 years in China, and nearly five years in the Middle East. There is one thing I know for sure and that is we all have the same love for our families and the same hopes and dreams for the future of our children. No exceptions. This is the keystone that should unite our action. We can no longer afford to allow anyone to do our thinking for us. I have a profound sense that we all, without exception, know what to do. Now it is just a matter of believing that our single actions, whatever they may be or how insignificant they may seem to us, must be taken. Act on what we each know is right to do.
For me, I will keep writing. Tell me what you want me to write about. I will do my utmost to research the issues and bring as much of the facts forward as I can for all of us to share. Thanks to all who read this little blog. You have been an inspiration beyond words.