Last week a reader wrote from Europe: “Hi Dan, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, because I’m not as optimistic as you about the future for this planet, and I’m not convinced that there will be another Christmas. There is nothing to do about it. When people start to think that there is nothing bigger than themselves, they will get ‘punished.’ But maybe we will meet again on another planet. Till then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Planet Earth Year.”
I wrote back: “There is everything to do about it, because the doing is all within ourselves. There is nothing to fear about it because the world and Universe are within us and within our ability to protect and improve. Do not lose heart or give up. The answers are within you.”
I fervently believe this. In fact, I know it. It is one of the Big Things I’ve learned in my life and trials. All reality is holographic, and all creation is contained within every cell of our bodies. To borrow the title of a book by Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You.
This is not to say that I believe ‘there is nothing bigger than myself’; it assumes I hold a very modest position in the whole scheme of things. And yet it is not a powerless position. The spark of God resides within us, and perfuses our every cell and atom. He is speaking to us constantly and guiding us infallibly—if only we will listen and obey. Each of us thus has within us the potential to change the world if we can first change ourselves in ways that matter.
My resolutions for the coming year are to become more honest, more pure, more unselfish, more loving, more loyal. Held up against absolute performance standards, I know I will repeatedly fail, which is only human. Which is why I also know these resolutions must be renewed each and every day of the year.
So cheers to a New Year and another chance to get things right. Cheers to every new day which holds within it the potential for changing ourselves and the world around us.
May every day of the coming year be for you the beginning of a Happy New Year!
(BTW, I’ll be spending a quiet night at home alone tonight. After all, youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to. Old age is when you’re lucky if you can.)
Groove of the Day
“Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” ~ Mark Twain