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A new era is about to start

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 20, 2012, 5:16 PM
Or that's what the Maya said. According to most scientists, the 21st would be the first day of their new calendar cycle.

Does this inherently mean a new era? Perhaps not. But our future is in our own hands. Why not try?

Why not use this as an opportunity to start working towards a new time - towards a better world? Sure, none of us have the power to change the entire world as they please, and I have no illusions that those who do, will be reading this journal (if anyone has such power at all). But why not choose to do something within your and anyone's power, to make the world a little better for at least some of us? Or to make the future a little bit brighter for us all?

Some suggestions

Meditate. Small, simple. Meditating is known to have great positive effects on you personally. This will also reflect on others around you.

Donate. Even if you're not rich, there's a way to donate for almost anyone. Find a charity you believe in and donate in a way that works for you. Donate money directly, donate a small amount of money on a monthly basis, or add the charity to your will. There are also small and new charities around that need material donations such as office supplies and other things you may just happen to have lying around or stored away somewhere.

Charity suggestion: The Black Fish. What they do: By investigating, educating and taking non-violent direct action, we campaign to end illegal and destructive fishing practices, and safeguard a future for the plentiful species in our seas.source

Volunteer. For a charity, or a hospital - but there are endless other places in need of help. Some sites that help you find a place to volunteer, by location: UK, USA, Australia, anywhere.

Raise awareness. You don't need money for this; you can do this online, or at a popular public spot with a bit of creativity. Here's some lists of ideas (that I believe could be applied to many other fields than just those mentioned): www.livethemagicofafrica.com/4… compassioninpolitics.wordpress… theovernight.donordrive.com/in… assets.filemobile.com/15/get-i…

Change your life or rather, some minor detail in it. Look at your life and habits critically and I'm sure you'll find things you could be doing in a more eco- or human-friendly way.

Thank you so much for reading :thanks: I'm not asking you to change your life overnight - but I'd love you to at least think about this question and maybe do something with it:

What is your contribution to the rest of the world?

Answer this for yourself - it's important that you think about it, not that you tell me. That said I'd also love to hear your ideas to add to the list above :aww:

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:iconpreetikasharma:
PreetikaSharma Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Planting trees is what I'd like to do more this year.
Oh and recycling, people don't do that here in India. :stare:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:hug: Do it!
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Mangakawannabe7 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good ol' fashioned meditation is exactly what I need in my life right now...erm...does anyone happen to know of a guide to meditating? ^^;
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:hug:

I don't, but I'm sure there's many websites dedicated to it if you google :)
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Starija Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Writer
do you mind sharing with us anything you did yourself that was mentioned in this journal?
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I'm still very much looking for what works best for me personally, I have tried or am trying / planning to try all of these :)
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Starija Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Writer
ah i see. so you mean to say you haven't done many of these things yet?
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I've done most of them but want to do those more too :D
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:iconstarija:
Starija Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Writer
lol oh i see. have fun doin' then ;p
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thanks :D and you?
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