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It’s The End of the World

Everyone sing along if you know the words:

“It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it
And I feel fine.”

The refrain from that catchy REM tune calls into question the supposed end of the world on FRIDAY!!!!  Depending on who you believe, December 21st is either going to be the end of the world or the beginning of a new era according to the Mayan calendar.  Maybe the Mayans were really great economists and realized that there was going to be an impending fiscal cliff which would be the start of the new era.  Then, of course, we have missile launches in North Korea, the UK financial debacle, the US financial debacle, Israel on the brink of war, and on and on.  Perhaps the Mayans were great statisticians and realized that anytime a society is advanced enough to make it to the end of roughly 394 years as the Mayan calendar defined this current period, there are bound to be some major weaknesses in the infrastructure somewhere.

So..the big questions…do I wait to pay my credit card bills until AFTER the 21st?  If I have not started my holiday shopping, should I wait until the 22nd since I really hate going to the mall?  Seriously though, this type of impending doom, does make you think about who and what you would spend your time with if you knew that you only had a few days left. And isn’t that really the message of the holiday season..to slow down..focus on the important people in your life and share a few days of quality time together.  Following your relatives on Twitter or posting on your relative’s Facebook wall is not the same thing as spending personal time with them.

Remember how we were going to “party like it’s 1999?”  Another catchy song that predicted the end of the world only that song was concerned about the change of the millennium.  Remember the Y2K scare and all the time and resources that went into to assuring that computer systems functioned properly after midnight on December 31, 1999?

Perspective is an interesting thing as sooner or later you either learn how to focus on the important people in your life or some event/change in your life circumstances makes you focus on the people in your life.  The problem with the latter is that by the time the event occurs; you usually have a finite amount of time to spend with the people that are most important to you.

So spend the next few days reaching out to, and spending time with, the people who matter most in your life.  If the end of the world occurs on Friday the 21st, then you had your priorities in order.  If you are reading this blog on Saturday the 22nd, then it is the dawn of a new age according to the Mayan calendar and you enter that new age tightly connected to your loved ones. 

Either way you win.miami skyline resized 600