Man Law #67 – Acknowledge and Reflect…
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. ” – Carl Jung
In 1957, Carl Gustav Jung sat down to write his life story in a work that would later be known as “Memories, Dreams and Reflections.” If you have time over the course of the next year to read this book, I highly recommend it as it gives a look inside the mind of a man who many of us can relate to and will be able to learn from for many years to come. It’s quite amazing that a man who grew up in such a different time might find commonality in people reading his memoirs in 2009. It makes one think, just how will you be remembered and what will your life story, your reflections consist of? How will the world remember, you?
At the end of the year, many of us go through a series of anxieties. I know I do. I go through mixed emotions including slight fear coupled with excitement. Excitement of what the New Year will bring and the new opportunities that will present itself yet fearful of not seeing these opportunities and not taking advantage of the situations before me.
For those of you who have consistently read the blog, sent me messages of compliments and criticisms, recommended the site to others and even performed interviews, I thank you. I am infinitely grateful to the people that I have met and who have supported my endeavors this past year.
For those of you reading the blog in Indonesia, Hawaii, Brazil, Africa, Japan, England, Mexico, Cuba, Alaska, the Middle East, Australia, India, Italy, France and Germany, I see you and hope we meet some day. Despite whatever cultural differences we may have, if there is one thing that I have learned over the course of my short lifetime, it is the universality of the human spirit. Our countries might be at war with each other, but I can say with a fair degree of certainty that a smile in my country, will mean the same in yours…
I’ll finish this with a quote from my Grandfather who passed away a few days before I launched the blog this past August. At 90, he lived each day as it may be his last and he was never without a smile on his face or a story to tell. He might have been one of the happiest people that I have ever met and truly inspired hope in those around him. If I can do just a fraction of what he was able to accomplish in his lifetime, I will consider myself a success. I can only hope that in 2010, you will meet and have in your life as many great people, as have been in mine. Here, here.
“May bad luck follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.”
It’s a New Dawn, A New Day, A New Year.
This is Ethan Bishop at 10:00pm in Washington D.C., December 28, 2009. Over and Out.