Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

Welcome 2011, Goodbye 2010, were did the decade go?

    Was the end of 2010 the end of the decade, or was it 2009?  I guess if the decade started at January 1, 2000, than January 1, 2010 would be the beginning of the next decade.  But in terms of a simple time-line, a decade is ten years, so the last decade is just the last ten years.

   I will say the last decade could be viewed as somewhat of a downer over all.  After all, we have been fighting a war, the stock market plummeted, taking retirement funds right along with it.  We saw huge companies called to big to fail who were bailed out using tax payer money.  There were hurricanes which wiped out cities, tsunamis which killed thousands untold, and volcano’s which shut down air traffic across Europe.  The last few years, we have seen some of heaviest snow fall in decades, at a time, everyone is worried about global warming.

   But, we have also seen a revival of volunteerism taking root to help those in need.  We have seen people open their hearts and homes to those who lost theirs.  We have seen that people are once again learning the lesson of “Saving for a Rainy Day”.   Learning to save, starts with learning that you need to manage your money.  A lesson many people learned the hard way this last decade.

     So how will you live the next decade?  I hope like many, you will share a bit of what you have with those who have nothing.  This may take the form of giving money to a local shelter or the community charity fund raiser.  It may also be volunteering some of you time to help out at one of the same.  Or, it may be dropping off some clothing or household items at the local Goodwill location.  It may also be stopping in at that same Goodwill location and buying something you may or may not need.  If you wonder why I mention the last item, it’s because the way Goodwill works is they provide jobs for many people who lack the skills or abilities to get a job anywhere else.  They make money to pay these people from the items they sell at their stores.  If no one goes into the store and buys, no money, no jobs. 

   But regardless of how you view the past years, or look forward to the years to come, each of us must live one day at a time.  After all, the nature of time, is that we live in the moment, for we cannot experience that which has already passed.  We cannot experience tomorrow, until the NOW finally gets there.  We can remember our yesterdays and look forward to our tomorrows.  We can learn from the past, and plan for the future.  But, at the end of the day, it’s the end of the day, but still just NOW.

  To everyone, I wish each of you a NOW you will be able to remember as being good, and future year of continued good for each NOW along the way.

Happy New Year

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January 3, 2011 - Posted by | thinking, thoughts

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