Stepping into a New Future

When I awoke this morning I was reflecting on the current occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by a group of out of state militants. I was reminded of something I wrote some time ago.

Most of us greet the New Year with at least some degree of uncertainty. Predicting where we will be in 5-10 years is increasingly difficult. Many of today’s industries and careers will vanish, while new ones will emerge. For some, a way of life accustomed to will be challenged by a new way of life. In such an age who will step into these uncertain waters?

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

A calm voice calls for renewed life. Few people will listen to this voice. Of the few who do, even fewer will continue in the face of adversity. Yet, this age more than ever calls for such a spirit and effort.

Yes, the waters may appear dangerous. When we step into these unknown waters we place the innermost reaches of our life in public view. Our strengths become visible – along with our shortcomings. Yet, seeking to live fully requires the full expression of life – strengths and frailties.

As we look to the New Year, this moment, let courage lead us through these new waters. Realize that we are exploring new worlds of possibility. Let us face these new challenges, and opportunities, trusting that our genuine efforts will contribute to our families and community.

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