Thoughts for a New Decade

It always astonishes me how quickly time flies by. It seems like only yesterday, everyone was panicked over Y2K. Yet nothing happened. The world, as we knew it, did not end at the stroke of midnight 2000.

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Today, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, the future has never looked more uncertain and frightening. Fires, Floods, Crazy Weather, Melting Glaciers, Politics, War, Poverty Injustice and on and on. The entire world seems to be in a dark place at the moment with no hope in sight.

Yet, on the other hand, the future has never looked more pregnant with exciting possibilities. Solutions for major world problems are being discovered every day.

Think about it for a minute. Which side of the coin is healthier?  Pessimism or Optimism?

Which way of thinking might inspire us to focus on solutions rather than all the disasters that "might" happen.

We are all free to choose where we direct our attention and thoughts.

Yet the scary potential of a world in crisis continually hijacks our psyches. We are bombarded constantly with stories of doom and gloom and they’re the loudest voices in the room. No wonder we depressed and panicked about the future.

Yet have you ever noticed that 99% of the time, our worst fears never materialize?

I’m not suggesting we should all bury our heads in the sand and become “Pollyannas”. But I do invite you to join me in spreading hope and peace in the coming year and beyond.

  • Let’s all be kind to each other.
  • Let’s all listen to each other with love and compassion.
  • Let’s all do our small part as individuals to make the world a better place.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to stop worrying about things I can’t control.

Instead, I’m going to do my best be grateful for each moment, each person and each success that comes my way.

Wishing each of you a peaceful and prosperous 2020 !

artist shirley williams standing in front of painting by Brice Marden