How can we all make a difference in 2012?

I know it sounds like a John Lennon song… But imagine if every person in this world made an effort in 2012 to do ONE or TWO extra positive actions in life – nothing terribly out of our normal existence – but something more than the average mediocrity many of us unknowing waddle in. Is there room to find compassion for our enemies? Is there room in our busy life to simply acknowledge the fact that we are all human and political, racial and religious differences are nothing more than trivial contrasts? Can we work on limiting our carbon print on the environment? Maybe lose a little weight? Can we hug our children a little more? Can we give a little more to charity? Maybe smile at a stranger walking by? Yes, we can make a difference… Everyone one of us… Even the smallest nods and gestures will add up and on a global level to create an amazing dynamism. Trust me; I have to remind myself of these notions – that is why I speak of it now. The road to enlightenment requires little nudges into the right direction of space, clarity and responsiveness.

The following quote from his Holiness the Dalai Lama and rings true for any time of the year:
“Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity. We are dependent on each other in so many ways that we can no longer live in isolated communities and ignore what is happening outside those communities”.


John C. Bader