The holiday season is upon here in Maine and throughout the world. People are busy planning for celebratory work and family gatherings. Our focus shifts from business as usual to thoughts of what it is that we are thankful for. As we gather with loved ones, we celebrate the meaning and purpose of the season in keeping with our values and beliefs. And as the year passes, we find ourselves taking inventory of what gave us joy, what brought us sadness and what was accomplished as a prelude to making resolutions for the new year.
As we celebrate the holidays, each in our own way, we are reminded that diversity breeds resilience in both nature and in society. When the environment changes, natures’ fauna either relocates, adapts, or ceases to exist. Luckily, the latter is the most unlikely scenario. This is cause for readjustment of and within the new environment followed by a restoration of balance. Society is no different. If we are to become a resilient world community, we must learn to value diversity.
A resilient world community is our hope for the future. Celebrate diversity; it is our path to restoring balance in an everchanging environment. Albert Einstein said, ” We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” An influx of new cultures, new philosophies, and new ideas will offer new solutions to old problems that serve to maintain imbalance.
We wish you the happiest of holidays and much optimism for the year to come.