The New Year

As the new year dawns many of us look forward to starting over, and some look toward the new year with abhorrence or apathy that rivals that of a wax figure facing an approaching inferno. It is neither the beginning or the end, but an opportunity to expand one’s knowledge and learn from the experience of our years and apply it in new and more cunning ways. One shouldn’t tally up their list of failures as the year closes out, but instead, make ready to meet the new year as the last with a determination to succeed. Failures are unimportant, never giving up is all that matters when it comes to goals and life.

It is easy to give in and cash in our chips; it is far harder to keep fighting the good fight. The good fight though is worth fighting. The new year brings more opportunities to have a positive impact on the lives of others. I would challenge anyone reading this to plan on doing one thing this year that you can look back on years from now and feel proud.  Do something that improves the lives of others. Perhaps, you can be their one shining light, the one that gives them the strength to continue fighting and readies them for new challenges.

We never know what others may be going through and you never know what a kind word or gesture might mean to a stranger. Let us make 2018 a year of mutual respect for our fellow travelers. Life is not without purpose, and I would submit that we are all intended for different ones.  Altruism is a noble enterprise, and so even if that isn’t our purpose, we can be proud that we made an impact on a struggling soul and maybe also restore their faith in humanity.

I for one will endeavor to end this divisiveness that corrupts the moral fabric of our nation. It is possible for those of diverse views to engage in respectful debate without dragging our fellow debaters through the cesspool of human depravity. We should strive to shrug off the divisions and unite as a people. We can do this by taking the small steps of kindness I suggested. If we all have the goal of being kind to our fellow man it may well have the effect of a rebirth of sorts within our fractured hearts and souls. It is seen as a form of weakness to be kind and for one to seek to help one’s, fellow man. We have become too selfish, that is viewed as a form of strength. Being selfish is easy, and what we know in the recesses of our hearts is that easy is rarely the proper choice. Altruism requires that we give of ourselves, and for a society that has morphed into one based on egocentricity, its a tough decision.

The facile path is for the weak. Hiding behind an ego and self-serving attitude is the actions of a coward. Be brave and make a positive difference in the lives of others going forward. Life is about choices, and the choices we make leave marks upon our essence that will endure for eternity. Let us make sure the marks we leave on others are something we can be honored to have given. We need to make selfishness a thing of the past year, dispense with incessant lovefest with ourselves, stop the selfies, and other forms of self-aggrandizement and pledge our new year to the enrichment of those around us.

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Author: James Borden

I'm a veteran of the U.S Army, with one deployment to Afghanistan. I will not pull punches in my articles and what you see is what you get.

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