Award-winning author, international speaker, and former radio show personality.
As we embark on another new year, it is important to reflect on the lessons of 2017 to learn from our mistakes, strengthen our position, and begin to LOVE more wholeheartedly. Although I can’t speak for anyone else, for me, 2017 was a year with many personal, political, and global disappointments. And as I can’t change what I am unable to control, I can reflect and share some lessons that I’ve learned.
The first lesson that I was reminded of is that people are only capable of meeting you emotionally from where they are in life and in their personal development. Last year, I spent some time disappointed by the behavior of a few people only to realize that they simply didn’t have the bandwidth or capability to bring more to our relationship. I was also reminded that sometimes no matter what you say or how you say it, people hear what they want and respond from the space where they are personally struggling. This isn’t my first go around with this lesson, but it was a wonderful reminder that the only way forward when people disappoint us is with compassion and LOVE. People simply can’t give us more than they are capable of.
Globally, there was a lot of devastation, chaos and challenges. Sadly, there usually isn’t a day that goes by where we haven’t been bombarded by salacious gossip and/or news. As I see it, 2017 highlighted some of our worst human qualities, judgment, hate, and division. Yet, what we are condemning one for, we are doing to others. 2017 was a huge mirror for our egos. It brought to light all the things that author Jim Nelson Black identified as the ten factors that have appeared in great civilizations of the past and led to their decline and fall. As few as three or four of these symptoms of social, cultural, and moral decline are enough to bring a society to the point of imminent collapse. The list includes:
1. Increase in lawlessness
2. Loss of economic discipline
3. Rising bureaucracy
4. Decline in education
5. Weakening of cultural foundations
6. Loss of respect for traditions
7. Increase in materialism
8. Rise in immorality
9. Decay of religious belief 10. Devaluing of human life
2017 has shown the world how far we can fall. It also showed us what can and will potentially happen if we don’t infuse our lives with the fundamental values of love, truth, peace, right conduct, and nonviolence. Conversely, it has shown us that together we can create a voice, change, and impact when we use LOVE as our guide and compass for life.
2018 can be a clean slate! But first, we must ask ourselves, will we BE THE CHANGE WE WISH TO SEE or simply continue to talk about the change we hope to see? I think we can all agree that change is hard. But the humans great capacity IS their ability to CHANGE. So, there is no impossible. It is only I’M POSSIBLE!