Many people in our community have been telling us recently they will be happy to see the back of 2016. With all the political turmoil, deaths of heroes and elders, increasing environmental devastation, astounding human rights abuses and more occurring globally, lots of people are looking towards the new year, hoping to start afresh but kind of doubting it will be any different.
And while there is much to be said for kicking a bit of grass over the crap of last year and moving on like a cheerful dog in the park, sometimes I feel our job in the community is to be the person following after the dog, cleaning up, feeding it, keeping it safe and teaching it how to be friendly to other dogs…
But as everyone knows, the best thing about dogs is their positivist, can-do attitude and unfailing unconditional love. Everyone loves a good dog. So while cleaning up and educating is important, keeping the hope and love alive is vital, and what gives us the motivation to do the hard work that’s required.
So for me, that is the CERES Christmas message – even in times of crisis we’ve got to remember to feel the love. Clean up the crap, teach the dog not to do it in the house, but most of all love it and let it love you back.
Don’t operate out of fear, operate out of hope. Because with hope, everything is possible. — Winona LaDuke
See you in the new year!