December 21, 2012 has come and gone and we're still here. The Mayan calendar was wrong. History is full of episodes such as this when people have given away or sold their belongings to go wait for the expected end of this world as we know it. My insurance agent told me that she had people come into her office to change the billing on their policies so they could pay monthly. The people hoped to spend less money, expecting the world to end... like spending less on insurance this month is going to be helpful. I feel sorry for these people because of the anxieties and insecurities they must live with.
So, for the time being, it's life as usual. There are wells to dig around the world to provide people clean water. There are people in need of jobs that will allow them to break the cycle of poverty. There is sickness to heal. There are births to celebrate and good-bys to be said to those whose time has come. Life goes on.
The snow will fall this winter and spring will be here in a few months. Some day, there will be an end of this world as we know it but we were told that we wouldn't know the time but that we should be ready. So life goes on.
May we all live each day as the gift that it is. May we appreciate those around us that we share our journey with. May we all have an attitude of blessing others instead of cursing.
I've read a quote attributed to Martin Luther which goes something like this, "if the world was to end tomorrow, I would plant a tree today".
The New Year comes.