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Leading up to this time of the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and especially in the days we perceived to BE the potential "end", individuals reflected on their lives, relationships, accomplishments, and sought to comprehend the true "purposes" of life. What is REALLY important? Even though we may not know the answers to that simple question, we can definitely sift through and easily list the things that are NOT:
The latest plastic toys, the big-screen TV, the hours wasted surfing the Internet. Meanwhile we see how our society has degraded - the "anything goes" and should be okay with everyone attitudes, the lack of accountability for our actions, the inability of our young people to calculate numbers in their head or make change without a machine telling them how much to give back to a customer...
Perhaps we need a powerful "end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it prophecy" every once in a while - to shake us out of our "zombie-like" existences and open our hearts to the prospect of survival and unification with all life on earth...to open our eyes to the destruction we continue to cause Mother Earth (our only home) and Her inhabitants (including, especially, ourselves as a species).
It is my hope that people across the globe will hold this question of "What is truly important?" in the forefront of their lives and minds every day - post it on the refrigerator, instill it in their offspring, silently weigh the "need" for that purchase, that reaction or action, that negativity, bigotry, or that harmful spoken word...
My wish for Yule is to continue to hold close these feelings and thoughts - brought about by this latest (non) event, to construct a list of what I hope to accomplish in my lifetime, always keeping in mind the impact I'll have upon others, and to follow along closely and consciously throughout my days on Earth.
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.