On cultivating tolerance, kindness, and generosity…
Badger’s Happy New Year wishes are always offered to our “Kindred Spirits” the world over. That’s because we like people and we know there are literally billions of good, honest, fun and friendly persons dotted all over the planet.
Each region, ethnic group and culture is populated by babies and elders, parents and children, poets, carpenters, soldiers, police, cooks, doctors, athletes, truck drivers and and every manner of age, size, skill, art, humor and persistence that you can imagine. If you had been born there, they would be just like you! You could have been born a soccer player with a brilliant moves or a poor and cheerful farmer in an exotic climate. The possibilities are endless.
Kindred Spirits from the far reaches of the Earth are people who would be happy to meet you, show you around and offer you a simple meal and a safe place to rest for the night. I know this because, in my travels, I’ve been greeted and treated in this way.
I’m fascinated by the differences in music, food, clothing and appearance that give each individual, culture and country a unique character. I have seen and experienced kindness and generosity wherever I’ve traveled and that includes war zones.
So although we may look different or speak in different languages, we are kindred and aligned in all of the important ways. We love our kids, honor our elders, and everybody deserves and wishes to drink clean water and breath fresh air and have enough to feed their families in a climate of peace, respect, safety and goodness.
Of course we need to remain vigilant, prepared and aware. Our personal enemies exist. But keep in mind, despite the way the news makes things look, the “bad guys” are a mere spec of the world population. There is a lot of goodness out there.
I’ve served in the military and I’m a practical and competent person. I believe that there is everything to be gained by restraint and compassion, by recognizing our connectedness with others both within this country and worldwide, and everything to be gained by sharing wealth and cultivating friendship and generosity. I believe there is a high power that illuminates the way. That’s the path that Badger has committed to walking!
May you all be safe and healthy in the coming year and in all the years to come.
Happy New Year.