To my Readers: Thanks for a Great 2012 from Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW

A Simple Message: Happy New Year

Well it’s another New Year!

Time just keeps on moving doesn’t it?

No matter how much we might try, no matter how much we may want to resist, we can’t stop the train.

We can only move forward.

Think about it. Every new year is a year that will never happen again.

Every new day is a day that will never be repeated.

Every moment, once passed, is gone for good.

Realizing the truth of those words can bring forth  a variety of emotions such as fear and loss, as well as hope, opportunity, and a range of other feelings.

How do you feel about the passing of time?

Our time is very precious, valuable, and important.

It is my hope this year that you are able to live and love boldly, take risks, reach your goals, learn lessons from your struggles, and continually aspire…

….to be a better person than you were before.

In addition to these things, it is also my hope that you are able to find time to work in some way in service to others.  I truly believe that it’s really what you do for other people that can leave a lasting impact.

Happy New Year from an Aspiring Humanitarian!

What will you do with your time?

Grace & Peace,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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2 Responses

  1. kagmi says:

    It’s still fascinating and kind of mind-boggling to me to think that someday, people are going to look at buildings with the year “2012” imprinted in their cornerstones as the date of construction and think “Wow, that’s old. I wonder what the year 2012 was like compared to now!”

    I know back in 1912, the folks of the early 20th century considered themselves to be the height of modernity…I believe it was sometime in the decade before that that a law was proposed abolishing patent law, since “everything that could possibly be useful had already been invented.”

    I wonder how the folks of 2112 will feel about our culture and technology. How fundamentally different could their lives be? Will they have artificial intelligence? Computers implanted directly in their brains? A cure for cancer? Judging by the way cultural and technological change is accelerating, probably things we can’t even imagine.

    Here’s to the passage of time!

    • Kagmi,

      You’ve highlighted some important questions that I find myself thinking about often. I was just thinking the other day that the car I drive today will probably be viewed as an antique years from now.

      We’ve seen many changes in culture and technology since 1912, and I can only imagine how the lives of the people of 2112 will be!

      I too often wonder about how we will be remembered as a society in terms of how we treat each other when the time comes for our successors to look upon the decisions we’ve made, as we today have opportunities to learn from the successes, as well as the mistakes and atrocities of the past.

      It’s an ongooing journey for me, but I also find myself working to remain conscious of the way I’m using the time that I have, and how my actions be they large or small may impact others in the present, as well as the future.

      Our time is valuable, but it can also be limited in many ways. So I try my best to use the time that I have in ways that are fulfilling to myself, and hopefully beneficial to others as well.

      It’s my hope that you and anyone else who might come across this reading are able to continue to find ways to use your time in fulfilling ways as well.

      Finding out what’s fulfilling is different for everyone, but arent those discoveries part of what this journey is all about?

      Ah yes, Here’s to the passage of time!

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