The Voice of America radio and web site is about the closest you will find to an “official” media voice of the government of the United States. I like to visit it regularly – just to see what my government is thinking publicly. (Now, now, let’s not be overly cynical about public v. private for a moment at least.) Today, it has this story about New Year’s Resolutions:
The world is still a huge, diverse place. We always have our differences. Political ones are perhaps the touchiest.
As an author, of course you are “in” your writings one way or another. Sometimes it’s incidentally; sometimes decidedly not. Because I’m (fictionalized) all over my novels, as are so many (fictionalized) people I’ve known over the years, I am unsurprisingly often subconsciously relating much of my own personal outlook, and theirs, throughout:
It is all too easy to retreat into focusing on our variety of differences as constituting insurmountable barriers. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Life is all the richer an experience if we listen more, for in doing so we may actually learn.
Happy 2016! Let’s hope this coming year will be better than the last one. And if we as individuals can’t realistically hope to change the whole world ourselves, let’s at least try to better ourselves. 🙂
UPDATE: We had a bit of snow earlier. And when some sunlight burst through the clouds a little while ago….….Wow! Gorgeous. Lifts the spirits.