Consider This

Resolve This
by: Dena Eakles
We make resolutions because we want things to be better. That is our nature. It’s our nature to be hopeful and when our hopes are dashed we suffer. Suffering is not part of our nature. It may appear that we are good at it, but in truth we run from it in every way we can. And we should.
Our culture has made a mockery of our nature. Whole industries are based on the fact that we want things to be better: better bodies, better minds, homes, and all. We are expected each year to declare personal resolutions. Books are written, tips are given and counselors are waiting at the ready when we fail.
When we are unclear about our nature we can be exploited. It doesn’t take much to see that exploitation is on an all time high. Our air, our water, and our relationships to one another are being trounced.
But I would suggest to you that this is happening because we are allowing it. And it is happening because we have forgotten our true nature.
We have grown comfortable with things that should not be comfortable. We have accepted leaders who are more content with war than peace; with food that is no longer nourishing us, but in fact makes us sick. We are comfortable with arbitrary divisions that are used to create arbitrary borders and arbitrary laws that destroy our humanity.
In forgetting who we are we have given our power away.
So if you are still searching for a resolution, why not resolve to know your truest nature, not the one the culture has determined for you. Our greatest gifts are in our absolute uniqueness and in our undeniable similarities. Our greatest longing is for peace. Not simply on the outside, but within.
And surely what lies within can be echoed out.
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Dena Eakles is the founder of Echo Valley Farm and president of Echo Valley Hope.  If you would like to read more visit her blog Let Kindness Win and follow her on Soundcloud.

Dena is also the author of the book The Peace Warrior. It is available for purchase or you can download it for free.