Friday, January 3, 2014

Dear 2014,

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you, but also to let you know there's a lot riding on your shoulders. As 2013's replacement, you should be aware that it is not an easy road ahead. There were many events in 2013 that grabbed the world's attention, most of which were sad, unwarranted, unnecessary.

True, over-the-top business deals took place: Yahoo purchased Tumblr for 1.1 billion and Microsoft nabbed Nokia for 7.2 billion, as well as the China Moon Rover moon landing; but what took place in between was sadness, destruction and devastation as death, natural disasters and terrorism reigned. The list is too long and too negative to bear reporting. It makes the heart heavy.

2014, please sit up and take note of what is not only expected of you but needed of you.

We, the people, need to know that the next 12 months will be better. We are a sturdy lot - we don't expect to have anything handed to us, but we are in dire need of more of the good stuff. More love, laughter, balance, passion, healthy challenges, the arts, civilization, enlightenment, divinity, gratitude, empathy, more healing among the masses; and peace.

Above all, peace.

No more harboring resentment, anger, accusations, ridicule, bullying, egos out of whack, cynicism, complacency, violence, needless words and hapless deeds. No more. No more. Pray thee, no more.

We're not sugar-coating your role. It is a tough job and you will hear many people's wrath as your term winds down. However, should you ride the winds of moral change and reveal fairer skies; should you place greater emphasis on kindness over final say, and mentor those who have no idea, who are clueless in matters of the heart (loving themselves, their families and strangers), you will go down in history as the greatest year yet.

Take this opportunity to be supreme. Take this challenge to lead the world in a different, more loving direction. Consider your term your legacy. Be the best year yet. We're counting on you.

With all sincerity and hope,