The Road Ahead

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The Road Ahead

Some reading music:

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to thank Dr. M, and everyone in this community for a great 2009. You have opened my mind and educated me in ways I couldn't even imagine this time last year. And as we face another year, I wanted to express my gratitude for you as individuals, and the time in history that we share together.

I'm a big fan of the book The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe, a work of art that I doubt I would have crossed paths with if it hadn't been discussed here (h/t Dogs..). At first, this book really depressed me, with its depiction of cyclical Crisis and Total War. But with time, I began to appreciate that we have an opportunity, within our lifetimes, to usher in a whole new era. After decades of watching everything that I value crumble around me, I relish the opportunity to create a better world from the rubble of this one.

I look forward to the following:

  • Losing myself, and all my self-centered anxieties and behavior, into something greater than myself.
  • To be part of a community that I can be proud of.
  • To be part of a nation that I can be proud of.
  • To truly be grateful for even the simplest of things again.

I'm not sure what I'm trying to convey with this post, other than a feeling of gratitude towards each and everyone one of you. Have a great holiday!

All the best....Jeff



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Re: The Road Ahead

 

HAPPY FESTIVUS EveryoneLaughing

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Merry Christmas!

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Re: The Road Ahead

I second JAG's sentiments, and also his recommendation of The Fourth Turning (thanks, DIAP!), which I just finished reading a coupla days ago.

When I think how far I've come since last Feb in terms of understanding and preparing not only to survive/thrive in the world to come, but to take an active role in co-creating that world in a shape that will be more congenial to me and mine (and everybody else, one hopes!), I give thanks.  To all the stalwarts around here (and to all your lurkers out there Laughing), I wish understanding, courage and kind fortune in 2010.  

VIVA!!! -- Sager

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Re: The Road Ahead

Thanks Jeff.

I am going to put that book on my "next to read" list but it has been moved to the top!

Happy New 2010 to all.

Coop

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Re: The Road Ahead

Thanks Jeff.

I am going to put that book on my "next to read" list but it has been moved to the top!

Happy New 2010 to all.

Coop

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Re: The Road Ahead

Thanks for your message, Jeff, and for sharing the great Sting clip with us.  It was a treat!.  I'd love to see him in a venue like that.

My thanks also to everyone here for making this such an enriching community to be a part of, and best to all in 2010! 

-pinecarr

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