High Hopes for 2012?  Share the Love! 





I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of adversity.  2011 seemed to be a banner year for arguing for the sake of arguing and those that believe that polarizing people is a sign of strength (are your ears burning Congress?).  We seem to have forgotten that although the ride in between can be very different; we all get here and leave the same way.  There are many more similarities between people than there are differences, yet this last year we seemed to focus only on the disparities.

So, as we close the books on 2011 I’m ready to do what I can, in my own small way, to make the world a kinder place.

My personal life plan for 2012 involves making a real commitment to actively discouraging messages that polarize, encouraging the similarities we all share, and doing my best to show kindness.

I resolve to…

  • Show patience when the elderly woman in the check-out line slows the process by fumbling with her money.  That may be me one day.


  • Avoid pre-judging the people I meet on the basis of where they live, the car they drive, or the clothes they wear.


  • Practice listening without a pre-set target for the outcome of the discussion.


  • Remember that life is not a wealth accumulation strategy.


  • Support education.  It is the least expensive, most effective weapon that can change the world for the better, forever.


  • Set an example for my children, family, friends and business associates by taking the higher road.


  • Think twice before saying or writing something negative. 


  • Appreciate myself.  The bumps, wrinkles, not-so-good habits, and all.  


  • Never be afraid to love.  The benefits will always outweigh the risks.

Will I meet all my goals?  I’d like to think so, but even if I slip a bit now and then, I will know that I’m at least trying to make a positive difference.  What would you add to my list?  I’d love to hear from you!

Best wishes to all for a kinder, more tolerant world in 2012.  I look forward to sharing it with you!