Sunday, December 16, 2012

End of the World?

With just over a week to go until Christmas, I feel like I'm moving into the final stretch. A couple gifts have yet to be purchased and wrapped. Some small details have yet to be worked out. My husband has a couple projects that will need to get done. Despite all this I actually feel increasing excitement and decreasing stress about it with each passing day.

First things first. Between now and then is my husband's birthday: December 21st, otherwise known as the winter solstice. This date has gotten more attention this year than usual because of all the whole end-of-the-world prophecies. Now I don't tend to believe that the world or even that the human species will end on Friday.

But I do find myself hoping for a large scale cultural shift. I would like to see us care more about our planet. I would like to see us slow down a bit so we could focus on what's most important in life. I would like to see demand for whole, natural foods become so big that our grocery stores ratios of produce to everything else flips. I would like to see life become simpler.

We may not be on the precipice of any kind of shift. Life and time may simply continue to march forward on the present trajectory. However, something about all the speculation and conversations surrounding the 21st have been fun for me.

What do you think might happen? What do you hope happens?


  1. I would like to see people caring about other people more. Have more compassion and less selfishness. I also would like that people would care about our planet and what we have been given. I also would like more whole natural food too.

    I don't believe that Friday is the end of the world.

    I am almost done with the Christmas presents too. I have to get one more game for Alicia (my best friend's daughter), my cousins Jayson and Myles and then some Gift Cards for my brother and my aunt and uncle. Then I just need to wrap them. It has been a decent season so far. Although I just received really bad news about a friend of mine. Her son and I were very good friends when we were in high school. She has stage 4 cancer and the can't operate on her. She is a beautiful woman inside and out. Thankfully she is strong in her faith.


    1. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. That is tough news anytime, but especially hard this time of year. I hope faith will carry all of you through this difficult time.