This time last year I wrote about resolutions in a time of darkness, early in the year 2021. With the development of vaccines, I hoped we would see a brighter year, a year when we could lay aside some of the fears of 2020 and rebuild our world.
But that was not to be.
2021 seemed somehow worse – giving us hope with vaccines, and taking it away with variants, anti vax conspiracies, and increased levels of climate change induced natural disasters. All this after a year when fear and worry had already burnt deep and hard for most of us.
So its another year when personal growth resolutions seem to be pointless, and even something that might bring a wave of bad luck. Why plan when you don’t know what the future holds, or indeed, how long that future may be?
But hard as it is to think, every year – the dark ones and the joyful ones – all have the same possibility of an uncertain future. Its just that we have seen up close and personal the effects after decades of being relatively free of wars and disease. Every day is a risk, although these last few years have rather rubbed our noses in it.
We all live on in the memory of someone. Is it a person in the street where you stopped to help pick up their dropped groceries? Or your family and your recipe for their favourite meal? Or even without family, the loving gaze of a pet is enough. It would be lovely to think that all the memories of us are good ones, but we all also know some people that leave nothing but ill will in their path.
This is a bit of a ramble, but it I feel that’s what I would like – to be remembered fondly. So each day we can all work on being nicer, taking care of ourselves and the planet. Adding something to the world of value, rather than demanding it gives to us. A compost heap may be a small thing, but that small thing magnified reduces landfill and might save a species on the brink. A kind word might save a stranger’s day in ways you will never know. A ripple of kindness going out into the world may be just what we all need this year.
Cindy Tomamichel is a multi-genre author, with her SMP series Druid’s Portal a time travel action adventure romance set in Roman Britain. Short stories of fantasy, scifi and romance can be found on her website, where she blogs on aspects of world building. The Organized Author provides much needed help for authors trying to navigate social media and build an author platform. Doing NaNo this year? Check out her free book NaNoWriMo Ready. Or pick up a copy of the free 30 Organizing Tips for Writers.
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