It's the 2012 holiday season. For many in this world, this time of year is about family, friends and faith.
With the tragedies that continue to unfold in our wonderful country and in other places in the world, many are rightfully questioning faith. Things quickly twist to politics, press and criticism. I'd also echo the thoughts widely published after the Sandy Hook tragedy about the state of our media and how information is reported, updated and analyzed. The media focuses on the evil (the killer) and not on the good (the victims and their families). In short, it's not a bad idea to watch or read as little of the news as possible. The weather and traffic reports might be helpful, but how much of the rest is actually helping us bolster our faith in the world?
For starters, and there are many places to find faith let's take a look at a few reasons to keep our faith. I'd suggest you start here for a dose of faith in humanity. Some reminders on why we are here always put things in perspective.
Second, keep looking for inspiration. There are plenty of great examples. I chose to find mine from Zach Sobiech, who is battling osteosarcoma. You can check out his music video called "Clouds" right here. It's worth the 3 minutes and 13 seconds of your time.
Third, those that read this blog aren't likely the people that need our collective help to stay on the right path in life. Just like the global fight on terrorism, if you see something that looks out of place, or a person's behavior or comments appear to indicate a mental illness, communicate with someone. Communication with people is our key to at least having a clue to their state of mind. In my last blog, I wrote that, even though our ways to communicate have skyrocketed, our true communication is lagging. Many times we find out too many details that may have aided us in preventing a tragedy. The take home point: communicate with you family and friends. It sometimes is painful but give it a shot.
I'm not saying communication will prevent all of the tragedies of our world. To the contrary, maybe it's just part of trying to improve the state of our world and making tomorrow better for everyone. However hard to do in these times in which we live, have faith in the good of our world. The planet, the people, the purpose. You may be familiar with the Sanskrit term "Namaste", which is sometimes said between two people to mutually honor the divine light of each person.
Namaste to all, from my heart, and Happy Holidays 2012.