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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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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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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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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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Starija Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Writer
only volunteered in i guess quite a few places (most having to do with helping animals and such) and mostly the reason for it was because of school. i do love animals though, so i enjoyed it, and plus i helped out in ways that didn't need to be used for community service in school. i also think i spread the word about some things, but otherwise i haven't done too much to help in the world. i think i plan to some more in the future, though.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
That's great :hug:
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VicariouSoul Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Writer
I love this Journal. It's succinct, to the point, and bears a message and some info I couldn't agree more with! Thank You for writing this. It's something a great many people need to read and consider, at least somewhat.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thank you very much :aww:
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Exillior Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My contribution to the world involves stabbing people in various places for the greater good.
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zombie-fuckulator Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
My contribution to this planet is to stab zombies in the head with a rusty ass screwdriver then hearing the lamentation of the woman.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
... Well, that's fun. Except I actually genuinely meant what I said. :slow: I'm a doctor, I bleed people and put lines in them.
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zombie-fuckulator Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Oh, this is awkward now...

Alpacalypse will be here soon..
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Exillior Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Right. Is he very furry?
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:iconzombie-fuckulator:
zombie-fuckulator Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
NOT AT THE SAME TIME However.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:#1:
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Exillior Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:dummy:
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kworking Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is GREAT!!!!! I know the world wont end today but I think it's nice to try to see it as something different...... :aww:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:hug: thank you! I hope you'll find your way to contribute too :aww:
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kworking Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbowplz:
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runningfreely Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow, a great way to see this story :aww: Thank you for posting it, it's really interesting. I'll start it. And if all the people in this site started it, maybe our worlds could really change :)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thank you. That's what I think :hug:
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Photographer
I love this journal and highly recommend volunteering. I got involved with a local arts charity a few years ago as a performer and fell in love with it so much that I'm now on the board of directors. We put on amazing huge public performances twice a year to mark important dates in the Celtic calendar and have year-round activities for our members to take part in, from skill sharing workshops to outreach to doing volunteer work in the local arts community. It's a lot of work but it's incredibly rewarding and I've met a really amazing bunch of people through my work there. If anyone out there has an opportunity to volunteer, I say GO FOR IT! It will change your life and you'll never look back :)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
That's great to hear, thanks a lot Tanya :hug:
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Shadowelve Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh I love this!
A great idea as a "tribute" (or whatever) for the whole end of world nonsense!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:giggle: thank you!
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pwassonne Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaaaaay ! Kudos for not calling them "mayans" xD
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
That's your fault.;P
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pwassonne Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? I'm glad to hear this ^_^
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20Tourniquet02 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Such a positive article!
I like it!:la:
*btw, I try to make as many gifts as I can during this year's holidays season! I want everyone around me to be happy!:meow:*
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thank you! :hug: And that's good :#1:
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20Tourniquet02 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Indeed!:la:
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f-ix Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I think this day is pretty much about making people think and try to remember who they really are and what they truly stand for. :) Like Christmas reminds families to finally get together! :B Not to pulverize the human race in some biblically misunderstood way. Even though we Have the choice to end our species in a number of cruel ways, I no longer believe such outcomes will be allowed to take place.

I've never really talked online about human empowerment in my life before, given that so far it's only been a thing I do among the "real-life" (simply meaning offline) people I trust or am inclined towards trusting. But no longer than two days ago I had a sudden spark of inspiration to create an artwork dedicated to this day ... and things went unbelievably smooth (because creating art is usually a war zone on my side :laughing:), as if that's how they were meant to be! I still had a choice to ignore my idea, but I chose to opposite. So I took advantage of this on-topic work to also write a proper description and ended up with what you can see here. Even though what I wrote barely even scratches the surface of the topic, I believe it could serve as a little motivational push for some people. :)

Like you asked, "does this inherently mean a new era?" ... and I agree - probably not. But we Have the chance to start it so let's do it! :la: :D
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I agree a lot :) Awesome, thanks a lot for your thoughts :highfive:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Writer
:blushes: Sorry for the typos below. They follow me like hungry puppies.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:giggle: :hug:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Writer
12/21 is the Winter Solstice and I plan to donate these things: Prayer of a spiritual nature with a family/group I know who holds a prayer meeting all night long every Solstice (folks indigenous to the US). They're in another US state, but they know I stay up all night with them.

I also donate regularly to Doctors Without Borders, a group I like very much, and The World Wildlife Fund.

There are people even in my small town who are homeless.
For them and my neighbors-> I give a friendly smile and a "Good day" that can change a lot for many.

I like to visit the Senior Center, too.
They tell wonderful stories and all they want are younger folks to listen to and appreciate them.

There's so much to do it staggers the imagination, but much can be done all year 'round, like recycling.

Thanks, $namenotrequired for bringing this to our attention. :hug:

(It's good to read everyone's answers for more ideas. :thumbsup:)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
For them and my neighbors-> I give a friendly smile and a "Good day" that can change a lot for many.
That's another great thing that I didn't mention but that's important too - to smile to people. I do that a lot, I always smile when I don't have a reason not to :D it's also important to say nice things as you think them. ^^

Thank you so much :hug:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Writer
You're very welcome. :D
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do a bit of everything :heart:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:#1: On behalf of the world, I thank you. :giggle:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsquishhugplz:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Awww :love:
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rotane Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional
Sounds good to me. Happy new year! :tighthug:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You too! :hug:
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