Originally Posted: February 13, 2013
So, 2012 came and went and we’re still here…TA-DAH! We found out that it was not the end of the world, the Aztecs merely ran out of room on their calendar. But on a serious note, I believe 2012 has heralded a time when people, more than ever, are looking inside of themselves and asking who am I? What is my expression of who I truly am? What is my passion? Great change is in the air.
Anybody who has read my previous writings will know that I have been spending time in the last few years following my passion, which is writing, (and a part time day job to pay the bills). But I know of several friends and acquaintances that are changing in the same ways. For example, a good acquaintance of mine is leaving his financially lucrative career in I.T. to pursue his passion, gardening and landscaping. A good friend of mine is going to be leaving his well-paying/excellent-benefits day job to pursue his passion full time, which is music. Still another has already left his financially lucrative career as a consultant, a career he enjoyed, and is a Massage Therapist. Once again, the key word is passion, and the result is great change. I guess money ain’t everything as Kevin O’Leary likes to constantly point out.
I observe the world is moving forward to the degree where, not only individual attitudes, but also entire institutions are finding they must change drastically or become irrelevant. Two good recent examples of this are the Roman Catholic Church and the Republican Party of America.
The former Pope’s recent resignation comes at an opportune time for the once powerful institution that has been rapidly losing members over the last few decades, due to its unwillingness to deal with scandal and hanging on to old world attitudes when it comes to social issues. Continuous outrageous pronouncements about abortion, the ordination of women and same-sex marriage made by the former Pontiff in the last few months may play well to social conservatives, but when it comes to recruitment of new members, many have been looking at the church and finding there is nothing there for them. And since the name of the game is bums-in-pews, the church knows it must do something constructive or risk irrelevance. The world has moved on but the Roman Catholic Church has not. So will the church be a bold leader for the many over the next few generations, or become a religious historical society that caters to only a few?
On January 24, 2013, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave the keynote address at the Republican National Committee’s Winter Meeting in Charlotte North Carolina. His message was simple, “We have got to stop being the stupid party.” As we all know this was in reference to the Republicans’ failure to recapture the White House in the last federal election, even though it appeared like a sure-fire win for them.
In a spectacular election campaign that was watched by many throughout the world we saw high profile members of the Republican Party make continuous outrageous statements regarding what would happen to America should the Democrats have another four years. We heard from Birthers, to Tea Partiers, to religious zealots yell about Communist takeovers, how the world will end and chaos in the streets, to gays destroying marriage and the wrath of God Himself if Obama won a second term. We saw the likes of: Donald Trump, Ted Nugent and Victoria Jackson have public meltdowns on election night…and then when daylight shone on the morning after, there was nothing left except the sobering recognition that the party has strong appeal to one section of the country’s population, but that was all. Members of the party had put their darkest fears on the table at the cost of their credibility. Again, they played well to social conservatives but anybody else who was looking for a place among the party’s ranks found none. America had moved on, but the Republican Party had not.
So my point in all of this is: the Chinese New Year Calendar says that 2013 is the year of the Snake, a year of transformation. I believe this transformation is only beginning both on an individual and worldwide level, and 2012 was the year that began this process. It’s all about change; it’s all about passion, it’s all about transformation. What gives you the most joy? What’s your passion? How do you see yourself transformed?