Friday, December 28, 2012

time to get angry

I was cleaning out the garage on Wednesday and trying to purge stuff that we don't really need. I tend to keep lots of stuff that we "might" need some day, so I kept just moving things around.

In the middle of my project, something came up that made me pretty upset. Sad, angry, frustrated all bundled up together. And do you know what? My purging skills skyrocketed. I suddenly started throwing twice as much in the give-away pile.

It was great!

Quick. Someone make me mad. I'm in a good mood today and my purging skills aren't up to par. Make me mad so I can get rid of all our junk. ;)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

the end of an era

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 So tomorrow is December 21, 2012. That's when the world will end, right?

Wrong. Sorry guys. You still have to go to work. You still have to make dinner. (Doesn't making dinner every single day get annoying? Maybe that's just me.). You still have to pay off your loans.

The Mayan calendar is cyclical, just like our calendar. The "long count" portion of the calendar ends some time around December 21st of this year. (December 21st would make sense since it is the winter solstice.)

What happens when our calendar year ends? It starts again the next day.

So does the Mayan calendar. The start of a new era.

And what happens at the start of each of our years? We resolve to make changes. To be better.

The end of the Mayan long count marks the start of a new era: a chance for us to wipe away the evils of the previous era. For us to rebuild this earth. To have a new world.

I've never been huge on making new year's resolutions, but this I can wrap my brain around.

Who cares if I start going to the gym in January or if I start drinking 8 glasses of water a day or if I resolve to blog twice a week every week for all of 2013?

Let's use this new era to make the world a better place. A second chance.

Forget making new year's resolutions on January 1st. How about we make life resolutions on December 21st?

What kind of life are you going to to live in the new era? How are you going to contribute to a new world? In your home. In your community. Globally.

Think about it.

I'll be making my list tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

i believe we are connected

Still thinking about the families in Connecticut. Not the debate on gun control. Not whether autism can be connected to violence. Just the families. Just the pain. My heart is still heavy.

My heart is heavy for all the injustices, violence, and pain caused around this world. I've been making it a point in my life to be more aware of what people are going through around the world. It's easy to bury our heads. It's easy to look the other way. Not on purpose. Not because we are cold hearted. And often not consciously. But because it doesn't seem that our brains are capable of really processing the pain that people experience. It's easy to feel like our efforts to curb murder, torture, slavery, trafficking, oppression barely make a dent in the world. Reality is heavy. The human experience is heavy. Life is beautiful and filled with so much joy, but also so much pain.

I know why. I know that everyone has agency: the ability to choose whether they will help or hurt others. I know that natural forces in this world are allowed to take their course. I know that the mind is fragile and breaks. I know that sometimes we bring pain upon ourselves, and sometimes our pain is caused by others. I know that we will all die some day. Some young, some old. Some by natural causes, some in tragic circumstances. I know, but that doesn't mean my mind really comprehends.

In the midst of all this, I do believe in comfort. I believe the human race is connected. I believe that I can send comfort to you when you are in pain. And vice versa. I believe people can feel what we send them. This week I sent my comfort to the other side of the country. I don't need it this week. I can comfort myself. 

Try it. Send your comfort to Connecticut.