First, I hope that the New Year has brought us all back together safely in this wonderful place that rose from nothing to be a family as wide as the Globe. Nothing is impossible when people of good spirit and kind hearts gather to share thoughts and learn from each other. I hope and pray that 2007 is a wonderful year for the World and its billions of souls.
I'm always hopeful that mankind will eventually get it right and relative peace will fill the Earth, although I think we are no further now toward that goal then the first men to scribe animal carvings on cave walls. Time is an interesting thing, we all know that life to a single human goes by in a BLINK, yet billions of years goes by unnoticed. Few humans ever reach the stature of eternal memory, their names known in the minds of those even unable to read.
This week we lay to rest a President, who by all accounts was wise is a historical decision which prevented his own succession as President. He politically healed a nation from scandal and endless trials that may have uprooted democracy in the heart of the Cold War. History will be kinder to this humble man than the peers of his generation - the men who followed continued his work as they felt time, history and the eventual wisdom of a crumbling Red Power would allow.
I have always believed that Presidents are DESTINED not made. They are exceptional men belonging to the rarest of clubs and once again we fall short of the historical number of living Presidents among us. For all their human flaws and despite their poor and misguided advisers, somehow historically we have something great to say about all of them.
I cannot wait for the next chance for the masses to elect a President - not because or despite the flaws or visions of this one, but it is a marker in time that we all have a chance to tell the rest of the world that Democracy works and that a land of 300 million people can live free and choose a leader, and more importantly, with the hope that this next leader will help humanity toward greater peace, less famine and global prosperity.
With that, I'm curious if you have made resolutions, what they are and if you have broken them yet? Does this noble tradition of humanity of always trying to better ones-self come from superstitions or hope, or is it much deeper - do we always seek to be better in someway, even if we fail in our quest?
I make a simple resolution, one a bit shorter this year than the last due to the passing of my loving and wonderful Mother who I will always miss, but think of every day: In that, I wish to be a better husband and person, kinder to (and with patience to all) I meet with understanding that we all fall short of perfection, but that should never stop us from being the best we can achieve.
How about you - what goals if any have you made, and if they are unachievable then what goals would have been a better choice to make?