What better way to start 2013 than by writing!
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What if a ginormous meteor were expected to hit the earth within three months?
What would you do NOW? For real? Like, for real, it really matters? Like forget about the resolutions that you make every new year but usually forget by the end of the first week in January. What would you do, REALLY DO, differently before the world stopped spinning?
My for-real resolution is to do what is right and to stay honest.
What does this mean?
Well, I don’t follow astrology, but I can’t deny that whoever made up the traits that go along with my Sagittarian sign has me pegged.
Sagittarians hate hypocrisy, live for adventure and serendipity, and have absolutely no tact. Yep. That’s me. (And yes, the website I consulted to check my facts actually used the word serendipity—well, serendipitous: “Sagittarians have a serendipitous spirit.”)
So, being one who hates hypocrisy, I cannot have peace if I live a lie. I must live the truth.
But I don’t have to say everything that comes to mind, just what’s really, truly important. But even if it’s the truth, I don’t have to speak it, especially if my words have the potential to do harm.
That’s the journalist’s creed, you know—”print [speak] the truth but do no harm.”
Again, what does this mean?
Let me make an analogy.
We all have to do things we don’t want to do—at least until the time is right to stop doing them.
I am a teacher. I love my kids. I don’t love aspects of my job, but that doesn’t mean I have to stop loving my kids. That will never, ever change. No matter where I am, no matter what I do.
But just because I don’t gee and haw with the requirements of my job doesn’t mean I have to open my mouth and badmouth it. I will do what I have to do until I can stop. But never ever will I deny what I know in my heart is true.
So what will I do before said meteor hits?
I will say what I mean, mean what I say. Tell the truth. Do no harm.
I won’t care what other people think about me because what they think won’t change who I am or how I feel.
I will be transparent. I won’t hide the truth, but I will play nicely.
I will do what’s right. I will love. I will do my best, as imperfect as I am, to follow the example of Jesus.
And I will hope, when the meteor hits, that it will bring a nice surprise. I am, after all, Sagittarius, so they say.