Thursday, January 01, 2009

With Wishes For Peace In The New Year!

The fireworks, last night, sounded like the crackle of gunfire and it saddened me to think that in so many parts of our world, this disturbing sound is probably a daily occurrence, and I wondered what it must be like to live in constant fear.

2008 was a turbulent and troubling year with violence erupting throughout most regions of the world; from the Middle East to India to our own back yard. I'm not just referring to the bloodshed that's perpetrated in the name of religion or politics, but also to the violence that occurs in our cities, inner cities, suburbs or rural areas because of drugs or family disputes or whatever pathetic reason that drives someone to harm another. In today's society people (like possessions) have become disposable and it seems, for many, that the easier option is to kill rather than deal with whatever negative situation they happen to be in, or think they might be in. So mothers suffocate their babies and dump their newborns in canals, rather than give them up for adoption; husbands kill wives because it's simpler than a divorce; daughters kill parents because the parents disapprove of their boyfriends; brothers kill sisters because of disputes over their inheritance; criminals and drug dealers kill for an easy buck (or revenge), because they're too lazy to work, pedophiles give in to their sick lust, rather than seek help. People choose the easy way out (whether through lack of conscience or ignorance or both) regardless of the consequences, and as a result, the innocent suffer.

But, in spite of the daily barrage of bad tidings we call 'news', I still harbor hope! Hope for a world in which people can live in harmony and peace. Where freedom (our greatest gift from GOD) is something that is cherished and encouraged and allowed to flourish.

Every New Year brings, with its birth, the possibility for transformation and renewal and evolution. We start each year with a clean slate, and it is up to us, as individuals, to make the necessary changes within ourselves to move forward as enlightened beings. If we purge our hearts and minds of hatred and all negativity and replace those feelings with Love we can make a difference, because Love does truly conquer all.

God bless this country and all those in the world who embrace freedom, and God bless our troops and allied troops, who make that possible!!

Happy 2009 and God bless you all!


Karen Townsend said...

Happy New Year, Incog! It is good to remember thre was good in 2008 as well as the not good.

Frank Partisan said...

Holiday Greetings

This is one of my favorite conservative blogs. I liked it from the first time it crossed my path.

dons_mind said...

good post, hope & charity!!! makes the world go round...

best wishes for 2009!

Pamela Zydel said...

Wasn't Hope the one good thing in Pandora's Box? Let's hold onto that as we begin 2009. Happy New Year!

brenda cox giguere said...

Hello, Incognito, and a happy NEW YEAR to you and all your readers.

Yes, HOPE is a word *we* can use as well... as far as I know, You-Know-Who doesn't hold the trademark.


Right Truth said...

Happy New Year to you also. I'm wishing everyone health, happiness, and for all their needs to be met. I'm also wishing for more conservatives during 2009 and coming years.

I'll wish you "break a leg" for your work, heh

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Incognito said...

KAREN: Indeed, there were highlights, but for many it was a rough year. But thinking positively for the future! :-)

REN: Thank you Ren. Happy New Year.

DONS-MIND: thank you... yes, the 3 wonders.. and you too!

PAMELA: Agreed... it's so important to hold on to hope. You too!

BRENDA: Heh... exactly... it is for everyone... Blessings to you.

DEBBIE: Thanks Debbie. A lovely wish for all.. and thanks for the good wishes re. work, i just need to get some gigs. The economy is affecting my industry terribly.

Pat Jenkins said...

the calender may change incog, but people aways stay the same... happy new year!!

Anonymous said...

Great optimistic offering, Incog. My business too (commercial art) hit very hard indeed. Am reaching deep into myself to find and enact creative methods and procedures for drumming up bits and pieces of work despite the economic slump; a practice I believe is both metaphysical and conservative (I know you'll understand). All best of luck in finding gigs.

Frasypoo said...

Yay,you are back
I wish you a year of no visits from "certain blogging friends" !

WomanHonorThyself said...

happy new year least Israel is defending the free world!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year.
God Bless Israel and their brave soldiers

Ottavio (Otto) Marasco said...

Thanks Incog and a blessed 2009 to you. Thanks also for stoppng by and thereby supporting, AI.

Righty64 said...

Very good post and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too! Glad to see that you are back. I too share optimism. Not the phoney, Obama hope and change, but a real sense of things looking better beyond the political world. One thing that I hope is that people stop and remember that all in this world is temporal. While I will disagree with those on many an issue, it is just as important to remain friends. The current Bush-bashing era is about to leave us and if there is one thing President-elect Hope and Change does is stop the derrangement from his pals, then it will be a great new year.