Letter from Publisher
Jan 13, 2013 05:03PM
Let Us Resolve
We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.
~ Göran Persson,
former Prime Minister of Sweden
With the coming of the new year, I did a little research on the most common resolutions people make. As you might expect, the Internet pops up plenty of Top 10 lists derived from U.S. surveys of varying credibility. Yet the most interesting thing to me is their similarities. It’s hardly a surprise that losing weight, getting fit and quitting smoking, which show up year after year, make most of the lists, often near the top.
The number one items are almost universally health related. That says a lot about us: Our lifestyle choices count. People want to feel empowered to take control of their own well-being. America’s conventional healthcare system is falling far short of the mark. There must be a better way.
Wouldn’t it be great if individual resolutions to create a better world in specific ways showed up on Google’s Top Ten lists? The natural and human-made disasters experienced in 2012 alone compel us to deeply consider Göran Persson’s call to caring actions.
It all prompted me to create my own list of intentions for creating a better self and contributing to a better world in 2013: 1) Be open to possibilities for change; 2) Never hurt anyone; 3) Give generously to those in need; 4) Reduce my own carbon footprint; 5) Read widely; 6) Spend more time with family and friends; 7) Advocate for fairness and justice; 8) Sit less; 9) Meditate more; 10) Laugh as much as possible.
Resolutions are all about possibilities. If we believe it is possible to have a sustainable world, we will make it so. Likewise, if we believe we are the masters of our own health, we will make that happen, too.
Sharon Bruckman, Natural Awakenings’ founder and CEO, says she has moved from being an optimist to being a “possibilist”. Perhaps this is the direction we should all be moving in to make 2013 a year of magnificent possibilities.
I encourage you, dear reader, to dream about your perfect life. Imagine, you’ve reached all your goals; you’re living a fulfilled and joyous life that nurtures you: financial independence, travel, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, owning a hobby farm, climbing Mt. Everest – whatever that might be. Now, think about what dreams and goals you will embark upon after you’ve reached all the dreams and goals you have now.
To a year of new beginnings, continued joy, and to dreaming,