Hopes & Dreams For 2012…

Call me a naive optimist if you want but now that we are in a new year here are some things I hope, actually dream, to see in 2012:

From a personal standpoint

  • My wife and I (and for that matter all seniors) maintain our health in the coming year.
  • That I manage to see more of this great country on our vacations this year.
  • That my actions live up to my words in being my brother’s keeper
  • That I find some good projects this year to keep the boredom down 🙂
  • That the words of Will Rogers continues to give me inspiration for this blog
  • That I enjoy life to its fullest (at least given the circumstances) in 2012

From a world/political standpoint

With 2012 being a presidential election year I don’t have much hope in accomplishing anything significant in the political arena. But there are some things that we can dream will occur.

  • Our current political leaders will not do any permanent damage to our democracy.
  • That we move from the edges of our political parties to the center where most of our citizens are.
  • If Mr. Obama is re-elected he is spurred to accomplish some of his rhetoric from 2008.
  • That negative campaigning in 2012 is toned down at least a slight amount (naive dreaming I’m sure)

In General

  • That more Christians get out of their churches and into their communities and be a little more attuned to the words of Jesus about loving each other including the less fortunate among us.
  • That Muslims will be a little more attuned to Allah’s love instead of the hate at the fringes of their religion.
  • That we inch just a little closer to providing healthcare for all in this country, much like it is in the rest of the developed world.
  • That the homeless shelter/soup kitchen where I volunteer manages to get enough donations to stay afloat for another year.
  • That we don’t poke our noses into other countries business this year.
  • That we can become a little less dependent on foreign oil, or any non-renewable resource for that matter. It is time to replace the century old internal combustion engine technology with something greener.

Happy New Years everyone….

5 comments

  1. Happy New Year RJ! These are all great hopes & dreams you have listed here. I too dream of that reduced negative campaigning this year! I will be naive with you, one can dream…

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  2. Happy New Years to you guys too. Yeah it takes naive dreamers to make the world spin (hopefully in the right direction). I am proud to be one and it sounds like I am not alone. That thought is always comforting…

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  3. So many of our problems are caused by those on the fringes yelling the loudest or making the biggest threats. I’m sure you remember the phrase,”silent majority.” Forget the political use of it by Nixon, and just dream of a time when that silent majority speaks up and demands common sense return to center stage.

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  4. Yeah, the term “Silent Majority” has a lot of baggage, much of it negative. But, as you say, if you look at it in its purest form has much meaning. If only the silent majority were instead the silent minority good things might happen. Apathy is a very strong and detrimental force in a democracy.

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