As we get ready to close the door on 2009 and the first decade of the new millennium, I must say that I am not sorry to see them go. These have been difficult times for so many: Environmental disasters, financial crisis and war have scarred us all on some level. But, perhaps these events were necessary… shaping us in ways to make us stronger and better prepared to face an uncertain future.
Science has proven in so many ways that it no longer serves us to disrespect the Earth. I am hopeful that in this next decade, more of us will get serious about this and take the initiative to do what’s necessary to turn things around.
Being more aware of our priorities and watching how we spend/save our money are also important lessons many of us will take into 2010. Living beyond our means can have uncomfortable consequences. But sometimes it takes a crisis to realize what’s truly important… and that’s priceless!
As for the wars that have marked this past decade, I think most of us realize there can be no winners in this sort of thing, especially when so many beautiful souls have been lost for such negligible causes. We have this one planet only and so are all connected regardless of continent, country, ethnicity or any other artificial boundary that doesn’t matter. We need to find a way to coexist.
With global communications increasing, we are growing closer and closer to one another with every year. The blogasphere is just one aspect of this. I can hardly believe that I am connecting on a regular basis with people from South Africa, India, Malaysia, Israel, Poland, Italy, England, America and Iran, to name a few. It’s unbelievably wonderful!
We have the opportunity to do things in our world – and with our world - that the generations before us couldn’t even imagine. But before new ways of doing things can be embraced, the old ways need to be dismantled. That’s what I believe the past 10 years have been about (more or less). And I can’t wait to see what we do with the next 10!