Sunday, December 30, 2007

Is The Answer In The Mirror?



Well, as we begin the countdown to New Years Eve and the start of another year, people are perhaps thinking about making New Year Resolutions like: I must lose weight, or I must spend more time with the kids.

Given the current chaos of our world I'm sure that most people wish that things were different: that peace existed, that the headlines we see in our newspapers and on television weren't true, that families didn't fight and couples didn't divorce and that children weren't molested or neglected or abused, and that people weren't starving and that everyone could get proper medical attention, that the gap between the rich and the poor wasn't getting wider, etc. Of course we do!

And in most people's minds they wish that some government or some bureaucracy or some magical leader like Ghandi or Martin Luther King could emerge and, using great oration and lighting a fire within each one of us, with marching bands and large slogans, lead us all towards a better place, a better world where we would all be equal, we would all share, we would all care.

Of course, this is all fanciful. Occasionally great leaders do emerge but they do not change the world! They change only a small part of it and, all too often, only for a short period of time.

No, the only person who is capable of changing the world will appear soon.

Like the next time you look in the mirror!

Happy New Year!

The wonderful painting? 'The Mirror' by Sir Frank Dicksee.

10 comments:

Bon Ami said...

Well said. If more people felt they could individually make a difference and made a move to affect some change, the world would be in better shape.

Daniel said...

I certainly agree with that Bon Ami. Thanks for calling.

Nancy said...

Happy New Year, Daniel. I hope you enjoyed partying in Oz! We're about to cross the line here, and I'm spending it thinking about how I'd like to live better in 2008 (and by living more simply not just by moving to Canada, which will also happen.)

May it be a healthy and sane one for all of us. At least one can wish.

Daniel said...

Hope springs eternal, Nancy. It's what keeps us going I guess. Cheers!

enigma4ever said...

Happy New Year Daniel...
I hope and Pray that we all do look in the Mirror and Help Make Change Happen....it is Time...( 7 years of hell has to come to an end)


I wish you the best...and hope that this year is good to you....thank you for all of your great blogging....

( btw check out 1000 days at sea on my blogroll- tonight they have a NASA Map chart/photo showing their 251 days at see- it is amazing...)

Hope all is well you way...happy new year again....love the painting...

Daniel said...

We both do our best, Enigma. Hopefully we make a difference. Enjoy your New Year!

Lil Sparrow said...

Happy New Years Daniel!

All the best!

Peace and Blessings

Lil Sparrow!

Worried American said...

I wish the best for you this year, our dear friend.

pissed off patricia said...

Your post reminds me of the words in a song that say, "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."

Daniel said...

I guess we all have to share part of the responsibility for the state of our world, Patricia. Cheers.

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