Often, a new year brings resolutions. Yet meaningful change rarely comes from rigid rules. There’s no requirement to enter 2019 with a self-improvement list. Interestingly, when we accept ourselves just as we are, we’re able to make important changes. And these changes must come from within.
A quick glance at the news tells us what’s wrong with the world: political wars, violent acts, and natural disasters. These are not to be ignored. We live in a complicated world and to make a difference we must face hard truths. But if we focus solely on what's wrong, we become scared, frustrated, and hopeless.
My friend Miriam just called. During our conversation, she asked about my day. I replied, "Lot ofdoings. But some days the doings just have to get done." She laughed at this, knowingly, then confessed she was grocery shopping with her one free hour of time. Though we try to cultivate our being-ness, we must finish work, run errands, and attend to others.
n 2008, I was still (happily) a statistics professor at Lawrence University. During commencement weekend, I gave the baccalaureate address. Just recently, I found my speech, which was never shared on my blog. In general, these words still ring true. So, here's a blast from the past, a view from 10 years ago...