Everyone’s excited about the new year that began on January 1st. Excited about a new beginning, a new resolution, a new twist to lie, a promise to oneself, new changes, new attitudes, new, new, new…
But is that really the case?
Do we really look forward to a new year or look back and enjoy the memories of milestones past. Are we just content to look back and not bother much about what lies ahead?
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If yes, then why rejoice for all the things accomplished at the end of this calendar year? Why not think of what didn’t happen this year? Why not think of what more could have been done this year? Why not reflect upon things that still require attention?
Some examples if you please.
Everyone in India went gaga over the fact that the country now has 1 billion telecom users. Yay! The country is now connected, right?
But what about the fact that India’s population is 1.2 billion, which leaves about 0.2 billion people still without a phone?
And what about the fact that there are 4 billion people in the world still not connected to the internet according to CNN Money? That’s four times the people who just use telecom services in India.
How about the 1.6 billion people in the world who have no sort of electricity at all if the World Bank is to be believed? How come these people don’t have a light in their homes this new year while we celebrate?
But the best and most apt comparison is that the United Nations claims there are 1 billion people in the world who defecate in the open even today. Well, how about that? What about them?
If you need to think, think of what is still left to do instead of lying back and basking in the glory of things already achieved. These are the things that need to be done this year.
Make a promise to help in whatever little way you can, for every small measure helps in making this world in the words of the immortal Michael Jackson:
A better place for you and for me and the entire human race…