But I would like to remind us all that change is far more than pushing away the stuff you don't like. To do that only breeds resistance, and you know the old saying, "What you resist persists." That's very true whether on the personal level or in societal structures.
It's far better to go around that stuff and aim higher. By that I mean that we need to acknowledge that wrongs, faults, and injustices exist but to hold as our goal the establishment of something better to replace it. We need to have the courage and persistence to fight FOR what we want, not AGAINST what we don't want.
So whether your issue for this year is person, say, weight loss or stopping smoking or gossiping, or whether it is societal or global, say, climate change, plastic pollution, economic inequality, overpopulation (why do so many people ignore this issue, which is at the root of so many other issues we face?), wars, poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and so on, I strongly urge us all to imagine what its preferred opposite might be and to work for that.
Up and at 'em. Keep the faith. Have courage.
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