Monday, May 14, 2012

Apparently, I'm back.

I know I haven't posted in a really long time.  I got busy with life, or life got busy with me.  Whatever.  Anyway, after the smoke and the concern about the wild fires last summer, things settled down here in the mountains.  The closest the Wallow fire got to us was about 40 miles.  Close enough!

Now we are in the pivotal year 2012, and all kinds of stuff is supposed to hit the fan.  I don't know about that, really, it could be just another year.  Recently, our years are filled with storms, earthquakes, wars, and deep economic fluctuations.  However, we've also experienced peaceful sunny days, beautiful clear nights, superb full moons, happy holidays, the births of children and unexpected opportunities.  We must be able to see the positive and the negative in all things, or we (maybe just me) could go nuts.

So, the Mayan calendar is coming to a close and a cycle is ending.  Is that really a big deal?  Doesn't our own Gregorian calendar end every December 31st, and don't we start a new yearly cycle every January 1st?  Is this always an earth shaking, or earth ending, event?  No.  All the ending of the Mayan calendar means is that it is starting over.  Just like when the Gregorian calendar ends.  The only difference is that one calendar is much longer than the other.  Big deal.

I guess I am trying to say that there is no reason for the fear and angst I see and hear all around me.  Some folks are doomsday preppers anticipating a worse case scenario.  Others are grasshoppers, not anticipating any scenario!  I think reality is somewhere in the middle.  Is it good to be prepared for hard times?  Yes, unless you have plenty of money and you can be positive that money won't lose its value and goods will always be in the stores.  Could a magnitude 9 earthquake rumble through your neighborhood?  Well, yes, but the chances are probably good that it will not.  Tornadoes, hurricanes, solar storms, 300 mph straight-line winds, floods, or nuclear attack could happen.  However, am I going to be in fear that one of these could visit my house at any moment?  No.  Do I have some extra groceries put aside, along with kleenex, paper towels and toilet paper?  Yes.  Why not.  Why be foolhardy.

I know people who are expecting Armegeddon and economic collapse by the end of the year.  I know others who believe everything is going to change for the better, all debt will be forgiven, and we will all own our houses free and clear.  I don't know, but I kind of think 2012 is going to be just another year.