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New Year's Wish: A National Boost Of Self-Esteem

Posted: 01/02/09 09:08 AM ET

I've been thinking a lot about the connection between the state of our nation and how it relates to self esteem. Additionally, I cant help but think that the devastating peril our environment currently faces comes from the lack of positive self esteem we as citizens have. Logically if we don't feel well about ourselves, how can we be proactive for anyone or anything else including the environment? When we feel good about the path our lives are on, we make a multitude of decisions that positively affect the whole, naturally. Now more so than every before, quite the opposite is occurring. The complete disregard of our actions and their long term effects must finally be addressed. Undeniably, we are at a critical breaking point on many levels.

Overall, as a nation at war, our health has never been poorer, our children are rebelling for insight and guidance, the enviro, political, socio economic systems designed to support the variety of daily demands are maxed-out and embarrassingly we are internationally known as one of the worst environmental offenders. I'm sure you agree that enough is enough. The elephant has lived in the room long enough and it's time we stop the gota-have-it-now consumer ride and get back to the basics. We've known that what make us happy doesn't come neatly shrink wrapped in a plastic package or with more horse power, but we find ourselves stuffed to the gills with inconsequential things, enough to fill four homes still feeling unsatisfied. Ah, the life of a modern day American!

The good news is, joy, happiness and contentment is right in our grasp but we can't look to others to do the job for us. It's up to us, and we know it. Politically we've elected a president to help lead the change we've been wanting to see in our country but we need to do our part in following through and pushing it over the tipping point. On a personal level, we need to begin at home and reflect on our personal lives and work toward feeling better about our goals, dreams, self image, commitment to our fitness and health, to making better business decisions, considering the carbon footprint we have on the environment and to prioritize one's family at the top. We need to ask questions and seek out answers. If something doesn't feel right, it's time to speak up and teach your children to do the same.

Open lines of communication between those you love and allow thoughts and ideas to flow, no matter how painful it may be. Gaining positive self esteem within ones life doesn't have to be a painful process although expect some painful realities to come to light. Deal with them, move on and laugh more. Consider this as preparation for the coming months and years ahead for what our country will need from us. Honest, real and committed citizens who want the best for their families and communities. An urgency for change is what we must feel deep within our bones to work toward having the best life possible going forward. This is why positive self esteem is so important. Without it, we settle. By addressing our issues at home and in our nation, it will make us stronger, more able and unified. There is a saying that rings true in my life(no matter how difficult it is): when the thought of changing is harder than change itself, we change. Together if we make a concerted effort to make one positive shift this year, the results will be monumental. At the very least we've collectively contributed to the greater good. Certainly a better place than where we stand today.


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