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And the year goes racing by…

So, we’re 2 months into the new year already. Don’t know how yours started but mine has been somewhat disjointed with lots of things happening and lots of changes. I seem to remember January and February ambling along not running at full tilt. And this year they haven’t been without their fair share of disasters – here I refer to the earthquake in Haiti. It occurred to me (and this is really looking at the glass half full) that without exception when the bad stuff happens people pull together – suddenly there is a huge sense of community that transcends legal, national, and religious boundaries. I was astounded to see that a Facebook group pressured the IMF (international monetary fund for those who dislike acronyms) into granting a no-strings, no- conditions grant to Haiti – a first ever!!!! It probably started with a few people chatting in their living room and then…

So why can’t we invoke that sense of community in our daily lives? Why has it become so hard to go out on a limb, take a risk that we hide behind avatars and create alternate existences for ourselves in SECOND LIFE. Maybe I am reading too much in all this – it can be quite dangerous when I take time out to think. Incidentally – I looked this up – the word avatar comes from the Sanskrit word meaning a form of self an alter ego.

And speaking of avatars if you haven’t seen the film do so. It is visually incredibly beautiful. A bit long but certainly aspirational; it also affirms what can be done when people have shared values.