Jan. 3, 2021: My Wishes for 2021
Usually I start out the New Year with a grand plan. A set of goals in each of the areas of my life, with a road map of how I plan to reach the goals. Broken down by quarters and months, I have all the tasks and activities I will need to do in order to find success planned out. I am outcome focused.
This year is different.
Yes, I still have my goals and plans written out and ready to go, but somehow they do not seem as important as in year’s past. Instead, I have wishes – not for me, but for all of us. My friends, family, community, and the world-at-large.
- That we understand the importance of considering the Common Good, not just our individual wants and needs. Historically, when any major challenge, obstacle, or crisis was overcome, it was managed when everyone pulled together and thought of the community, not just themselves.
- That we really listen to others. That we not only hear their words, but understand the motivation or needs behind the words. That we acknowledge that we do not all have to agree on everything in order to work and live in peace. And that finding common ground is not as hard as some would have us believe.
- That we realize that our experience is not everyone’s experience. That we understand that there are people in this great country who do not have the same experiences or opportunities that are afforded to others. And that acknowledging this is the first step in working toward a more just and fair society.
- That we treat others with grace and kindness. That we do not judge others and make assumptions when we might not know the entire story or understand the situation.
Wishing everyone a year filled with peace, joy, and good health.