I AM...

I am whatever YOU think I am until YOU get to KNOW me. This is true for everyone else too, of course.. so don't make assumptions about anyone or pass judgment; ask questions. You might just make a new friend.


Monday, December 31, 2012


Dear Friends:

Each holiday season, we witness the lights of the season, friends coming together to share good wishes, and of course retell the story of Christmas. Lights fill the night streets, dance on the ceremonial candles and sparkle on trees as if to beckon the light back into our future days.

This year, the concept of moving from darkness into light seems especially poignant. The many memories of this past year, the financial upheavals, the both painful and inspiring transitions in governments, the medical breakthroughs, the proliferation of virtual communities, the challenges in education, the acute presence of global warming, and the courage of average citizens of every country influences every one of my days. Now, as one of the closing memories of the year, we have the many tragedies that reverberate through us like an earthquake of consciousness.

I believe that what we are witnessing now, is not unlike the dance between the darkness and light that we see around us this time of year. The unsettling absence of light demands that we become aware, observe the shadows more deeply and together create the call for a higher vision for our world. This must be done with such conviction that through action and faith, we make it a reality.

One of the most significant differences today is that we are not expecting the government, or other official bodies to set the course of change, but that people everywhere are asking the painful questions of what it takes to birth alternatives that are wise, just and inclusive. Without waiting for permission, individuals, companies and groups, are stepping into action. In our time, it is for each of us to not just beckon the light, but to become it so that our families grow stronger, our communities knit tighter relationships and anything that divides us from each other, and from our earth is transcended.

As the New Year approaches, I find that any apathy I may have had has dissolved. Now, more than ever, let 2013, be the year of decisive action where we take the time and make the effort to understand the darkness that needs to be released and find a way to make our voices heard.

In deepest gratitude for your powerful voice,
cheers to 2013!