Happy 2017! This is going to prove to be a very interesting year. My sense is that all of us will be called upon to really think about what we stand for. That is the great opportunity and a very good thing. Often we just sleep walk through many areas of our life especially when things are very comfortable. A friend gave me a card that said: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch.
There is so much going on in the world at this juncture. It actually is a great thing that we have reached this point. It’s all teaching us something. Our job is to learn the lessons being offered and to be true to what we believe. Then to think things through and ask ourselves the difficult questions and analyze things apart from all of the rhetoric and passion.
The other question we need to ask ourselves is - “What kind of world do I want to live in?” and the most important one - “What kind of world do I want to pass on to 7 generations.” The latter is a Native American concept and I think a really good one. Because the decisions and choices we make affect many - not just us.
This is a time when we are called to examine our ethics, our behavior toward ourselves and others, what we value, how we walk our talk, the choices we make and what those choices really mean. Where we say one thing and really do another which is diametrically opposed. When we don’t pay attention it’s easy to make a choice that is less than ethical because those areas are often very subtle. Which means we need to be more alert to our own thoughts and behaviors than usual.
Any decision that is worthwhile needs to be made when we are calm and not caught up in defending a point of view. We will have to be extremely aware of where we are mentally and emotionally. That in itself is a great benefit because most of the time we are not aware. It’s really very easy to get caught up when there is so much emotion being expressed. But it becomes important to refuse to make decisions while caught up in the passions of the moment.
In our business life it is critical that we are ethical in our product or service and how we represent them. How we treat people involved in our business, how we treat our customers and how we use the resources we need but still be aware of those consequences over the long term.
This will be a year when ethics, integrity and the truth as we see it will have to be foremost in all of our decisions. That require of all of us to stretch to a level of awareness that may be new for us. This awareness brought into all areas of our life will improve all of our relationships, our business and our sense of fulfillment and joy. I have great hopes for the year 2017. Enjoy discovering what you really stand for and developing a working set of ethics that you practice daily. You can change not only your world but the larger world.
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