Time is a rocket ship and 12 months can flash by faster than the speed of light. So here we are at the beginning of 2016 already, and it’s time again for the end of the year reflections and fearless predictions for the year. Heroes of the year: For the 13th consecutive year, the heroes of the year are the brave young men and women serving our country in the Armed Forces of Iraq (again), Afghanistan, Syria and other outposts around the globe. Fortunately, in 2015 there were fewer casualties, but we’re not out of the woods yet.
Are you getting to be afraid to read the paper or watch the evening news? Does it seem to you that evil is gripping the world? The question might be asked, as it has been for centuries, are people basically good or basically evil? There is certainly strong evidence that man is evil. Where do you start the discussion? One obvious point would be the attack on the Twin Towers in New York City on 9/11. Over 3,000 killed.
When I married Beverly Butler (now Eartha ─ same wife) there were thousands of Butler grain bins and steel buildings all over North Dakota. I assumed Beverly’s family was the grain bin and steel building family and I was marrying into a very sweet future. Visions of sugar plums danced in my head. I should have asked. I never brought up the subject until much later because I didn’t want to seem like a grain-bin digger. Finally, after about two years of wedded wonderment, I finally got up the nerve to casually inquire about the Butler-bin fortune.
I am writing today about mindfulness. Mindfulness is a form of meditation, practiced by paying close attention to what is happening in your present moment, and observing your thoughts and feelings from a distance without judging them good or bad. Let me confess (as you would quickly learn even if I didn’t tell you) that I know nothing about meditation or mindfulness. I am sure I could benefit immensely from getting involved in the program.