New Year’s Day 2020 – A Holiday Reflection

Today is a day of beginnings.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct, the Princess Irulan said, in her biography of Muad’Dib

A small miscalculation at the outset, a subtle deviation from the plan, will cause you to miss your mark by a wide margin. It may cause you to never reach your end, or to end in a place you never intended to be.

Great care must be taken at the beginning.

Be mindful of your aim.

Today it is a day of resolutions.

Doing is being, is what Ray Bradbury said:

To have done is not enough.
You cannot lie about, and lie about the things you might just do someday.
But do, and win the game.

Great things are accomplished (and by great I mean great on any scale; socially, professionally, personally, spiritually, privately), great things are arrived at, built, discovered, in a series of small, regular and consistent steps.

With the steady application of effort, we can learn to do, and we can do just about anything.

Resolve to do something; be resolute.

Know this, if life is a river, it is a confluence of contradictions.

The process is just as important as the goal.

The archer is not only concerned with the object of her aim, but with the drawing of her bow, with the tension in the string and movement of her goal.

We must be prepared.

2020 marks the end of an era in American vision and the American experiment. The assault on truth, and the understanding of what truth is has finally undone its relevance to the social order.

It is doubtful that we can return to it.

Like the beast in the Book of Revelation, we have turned power over to the father of lies.

In 2020 we will put the liar on trial for abusing his power, for conspiring with our adversaries, he will be acquitted by his allies, and they will all lie some more, in the hope of continuing their grip on power.

We may hope for the future of America’s promise, and the extension of the promise to the whole world, but all we may have is hope…

Compassion, accountability, charity, honesty, integrity to call for these things is to speak to the wind, we hear them like voices crying out in the wilderness, lost in the din of madness.

Today is the first day, it is a day for unity and finding common purpose.

We will need to stand together if we are going to put an end to the madness, but our house is divided.

Today is the first day, it is a day for unity and finding common purpose.

We will need to stand together and support one another if we are going to advance the common good, but our house is divided, and those who are seeking to step up as champions, to lead the charge against destroyer are tearing each other down and lying to make themselves heard.

We are undone.

New Year’s Day 2019 – A Holiday Reflection

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Today is a day of beginnings.

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct, the Princess Irulan said, in her biography of Muad’Dib

A small miscalculation at the outset, a subtle deviation from the plan will cause you to miss your mark by a wide margin, it may cause you to never reach your end, or to end in a place you never intended to be.

Great care must be taken at the beginning.

Be mindful of your aim.

Today it is a day of resolutions.

Doing is being, is what Ray Bradbury said:

To have done is not enough.
You cannot lie about, and lie about the things you might just do someday.
But do, and win the game.

Great things are accomplished (and by great I mean great on any scale; socially, professionally, personally, spiritually, privately), arrived at, built, discovered, in a series of small, regular and consistent steps.

With the steady application of effort, we can learn to do, and do just about anything.

Resolve to do something; be resolute.

Know this, if life is a river, it is a confluence of contradictions.

The process is just as important as the goal.

The archer is not only concerned with the object of her aim, but with drawing of her bow, with the tension in the string and movement of her goal.

2019, it is an odd number. I mean it is both odd as a numeral, and odd in that it portends to be a year marked by a chaos in the fabric of American life; in our politics, in our markets, in the environment which sustains us all.

We must be prepared.

2019 marks the continuation of a new era in American politics, in the American social order, in the American vision and the American experience, the truth, and the understanding of what truth is will continue to be assaulted, the assault will be constant, and heightened.

We must stand against it.

2019 calls for the expectation of hope to return to our cultural norms, a hope for the future of America’s promise, and the extension of the promise to the whole world.

2019 will be the year for justice with compassion, and for holding our leaders accountable for their crimes.

It is the first day, it is a day for unity and finding common purpose. We will need to stand together, both to support one another in our individual aspirations, and to support the advancement of the common good.

New Year’s Day 2018

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

 

Today is a day of beginnings.

 

A small miscalculation at the outset, a subtle deviation from the plan, will cause you to miss your mark by a wide margin, cause you to never reach your end, or to end in a place you never meant to be.

 

Great care must be taken at the beginning.

 

Be mindful of your aim.

 

 

Today it is a day of resolutions.

 

Doing is being, that is what Ray Bradbury said:

 

To have done is not enough.

You cannot lie about, and lie about the things you might just do someday.

Do, and win the game.

 

Great things are achieved (and by great I mean great on any scale; socially, professionally, personally, spiritually, privately), arrived at, built, discovered, in a series of small, steady, consistent steps, through the steady application of effort.

 

Resolve to do something; be resolute.

 

Know this, life is a dance of contradictions.

 

The process is just as important as the goal.

 

The archer is not only concerned with the object of her aim, but with drawing of her bow.

 

2018, it is an even number. I mean it is both even as a numeral, and even in that it portends to be a year marked by a balancing in the fabric of American life.

 

2018 marks is the continuation of a new era in American politics, in the American social order, in the American vision, and the American experience.

 

2018 calls for a realignment of our cultural norms, a hoped for return of political power to the actual majority of Americans.

 

2018 will be the year of the woman, a year for justice, and compassion.

 

It is the first day, of the new-year, the first day of the first full year in office for Mr. Trump. I can only hope that justice catches up with him, and this year of lies, of un-reality ends as quickly as it began.

New Year’s Day 2017

It is a day of beginnings.

 

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

 

A small miscalculation at the outset, will cause you to miss your mark by a wide margin, and cause you to never reach your end, or to end in a place you never meant to be.

 

Great care must be taken at the beginning.

 

Be mindful of your aim.

 

It is a day of resolutions.

 

Doing is being, that is what Ray Bradbury said. To have done is not enough. You cannot lie about, and lie about the things you might just do someday. Do, and win the game.

 

Great things are achieved (and by great I mean great on any scale; socially, professionally, personally, spiritually, privately), arrived at, built, discovered, in a series of small, steady, consistent steps, and the steady application of effort.

 

Resolve to do something; be resolute.

 

Know this, life is a dance between contradictions.

 

The process is just as important as the goal.

 

The archer is only concerned with the object of their aim.

 

2017, it is an odd number. I mean it is both odd, as a numeral, and odd in that it portends to be a year marking a significant shift in the fabric of American life.

 

2017 marks a new era in American politics, in the American social order, in the American vision, and the American experience.

 

2017 is the sea change, denoting a transformation that has been taking place over many years, and launching that transformed America, suddenly, and dramatically, unexpectedly, into both the collective psyche, as well as the governing apparatus of the American social order.

 

It is the sort of dramatic shift that you might have thought would have come at the beginning of the century or the millennium, but no…it came 2017.

 

It is the new day, of the new year, the first in this new era, the era of unreality and Donald Trump. Only time will tell us if this is an anomaly, I do not think we can treat it as such.

 

It is not a Brave New World, thank goodness it is not a Huxlian World, it looks like a foolhardy world, more and more like an Orwelian World, and that might be worse.