Of Change and Change Agents – Happy New Year 2011

I want to take a moment and extend my warmest wishes to all for 2011.

New Year’s Day! It is on this day that we put up a new calendar and celebrate the change from one year to the next. It is a day that definitively marks change, and that’s what life is all about.

Change is a funny thing. We often think of change in terms of positive or negative, good or bad, for the better or for the worse, but those are really just a matter of perspective. Sometimes we change the world around us and sometimes the environment changes us. The reality is that change is inevitable and we need to embrace it.

In the past year we have all seen change. We’ve seen change in our personal lives and in the world around us. We have seen births, deaths, friends lost and friends gained. We have persevered through hardship and basked in the glory of personal accomplishments. There are thousands of stories that we could all share.

But since change is inevitable what we need to focus on is being an agent for positive change. This means recognizing that even when the things around us are changing for the worse that we don’t have to let that affect us negatively. It also means that we all have the power to be a force of positive change on the things around us. Even when the odds seem insurmountable we all of the power to make a small change, even it’s in ourselves. It’s that power to make change happen that gives us all control over our own destinies and the power to make everything around us a little bit better.

So as we enter this new decade together let’s ask ourselves, "What kind of change agent I want to be?" Tell yourself, "I have the power to make change happen." Then go forth and use that power to create the life you seek and make the world a better place.

To begin with let 2011 be the Green Year.

Green

YES YOU CAN! 

The Top 10 absolutely greenest, doable New Year Resolutions….

  • I resolve to reduce the amount of waste that I generate in my household.
  • I resolve to use my car less.
  • I resolve to switch over to green versions of my most frequently used household staples.
  • I resolve to reduce the amount of meat that I consume each week.
  • I resolve to expand my recycling repertoire.
  • I resolve to adopt 1 new green habit each month.
  • I resolve to think like a greenie.
  • I resolve to ask a trusted friend or family member to hold me accountable to my new green goals.
  • I resolve to become an active member of a green-themed community.
  • I resolve to consider my role as voluntary greenie a privilege rather than a chore.

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