In May 2012, I read an interesting article about the end of the world and how many people seem to believe it it will happen in their lifetime. Read it here. Evidently there are a great many people who think that the end of the world is coming, and it’s coming soon.
Most recently, the world was supposed to end on December 21, 2012, a date which has come and gone without incident. I was not sure of what would happen that day, for the world or for myself. I was a little worried because an interesting coincidence is that the Mayan Long Count began on August 11, my date of birth, in 3114 BCE (I was born in a different, more recent year so no wisecracks about my age). I thought, how bizzare would it be if I keeled over that day? I think every December 21st, from now until I actually do die, I will think about this possibility.
In any event, nothing bad happened to me. Yet in the months leading up to that date, and even after it has passed, I find myself thinking more and more about the passage of time. I thought about time a great deal before this but honestly, there is nothing like a good healthy dose of mortality to get things firing.
So I have spent some time working on my bucket list and also some time just thinking about things like where I would like to be as an individual, or what is important in life and what I need to change within myself and in the world.
Gandhi had 10 fundamentals for changing the world. They are as follows:
- Change yourself.
- You are in control.
- Forgive and let go.
- Take care of this moment.
- Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.
- Everyone is human.
- See the good in people and help them.
- Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.
- Continue to grow and evolve.
So the world didn’t end on 12/21/12. Fabulous. However, I still need to strive to be a better person. And we all need to change the world, so it is a better place for everyone. I have put this list in a prominent place where I can see it and think about it and act on it. And I am better at achieving some things on this list, than others things on it. I may never succeed.
But trying my hardest to succeed at it gives me something worthwhile to do until my calendar is up.