The year 2017 is taking its last gasps and depending on where you are in the world you might already witnessed the demise of 2017. Not to worry though, the demise of a year is not the same as the demise of someone. Instead for the demise of the year we get ready for the big ritual of ringing in the New Year.
A new year is not just a change in the calendar, it represent an opportunity to recharge or rejuvenate our life. We do this by making resolutions that we believe will make us better or shed bad habits.
From my perspective, I believe that resolutions are generally not effective in changing people’s bad habits. It requires
What Donald Trump has done throughout 2017, he will continue to do in 2018.
much more than simply making a list or saying you are going to change whatever it is you want to change. So for example, if the president of the U.S. makes a resolution that he is going to shed all his flaws, it will not happen. What Donald Trump has done throughout 2017, he will continue to do in 2018 — sorry to break the bad news and it’s not “fake news.”
Humans are complex creatures and we are adept at saying things that don’t reflect what we really mean or who we really are. Again I return to Donald Trump as a classic example of this. He says things like “ Make America great again,” and “ Put America first,” however, it’s hardly likely this will be accomplished when his behavior ( divisiveness, disparaging people, undermining established institutions, and failing to condemn Russia for their meddling in the U.S. election) undermines these goals.
The world as we know it today, needs plenty of healing, and it would be a good start for the president of the U.S. to recognize this. If he does then perhaps he can start using his office to spread peace and make less conflict at home and around the globe.
Happy New Year world and may 2018 be a year of peace and blessings for all.
- THE DAILY GLEANER COMMENTS (JANUARY to SEPTEMBER 2011)
- The Long Road to Progress for Jamaica