2014 has had its fill of events, its ups and downs, both global and personal. So with the close of 2014 and the start of the new year, here are some things I’ve reflected on and learned about my relationships, my work, and the world around me. Certainly not a definitive statement on how to live, but some food for thought from reflections on 2014.
Relationships & Community
At first, news of a mass shooting was horrific and unheard of. Remember Columbine over a decade ago? But now, it seems like there’s an incident of gun violence every week. A shooter goes on a rampage and kills people, then ends his own life. Commentaries start flying around trying to explain why – gun control, video games, parenting, depression, etc.
Though none of us would admit that we desire popularity, it resides in all of us. It may look nothing like being the high school jock or cheerleader, but we do want to be liked. None of us would ever complain that too many people like us. And if can’t get that, we settle for people disliking us, because it’s still attention. Really, we just want to be known, preferably liked and loved, but we’ll settle for disdain as long as we’re noticed.