The good folks over at Illustration Friday have kicked off the new year with a great prompt, "Renewal." Indeed, as we put away the old and face the new, now is a great time to consider renewal.
Surely, 2009 gives us a lot to be cynical about. In the US, Health Care reform consumed our political process, demonstrating that even though the bulk of the population wanted meaningful reform, special interests were able to clutter and stymie the process so much so that the current compromise(s) offers little in the way of real reform. We thought with its hopeful beginning and a new President, 2009 might see significant changes in our foreign policy -- and we have. But that change still involves more troop deployments and daily news of unrest in the places where we are involved. Christmas Day reminded us that the free world is still vulnerable to terrorism -- avoiding it often only with a little luck. And then, with a heavy sigh, we look at how little was accomplished at Copenhagen with regards to meaningful international agreements on climate change mitigation.
Now is not the time to give up hope. And so, we recycle the wrapping paper, compost the holiday leftovers, pick up the party detritus, and come back from this liminal solstice time to the work of the new year. The planet is doing its yearly tilt-thing, and the sun is coming back in the Northern Hemisphere. Let us take energy from its shine and renew our commitments to getting it right. "It" being our lives -- individually and, more importantly, collectively. We are all in this world together.