Michael Lodge, NCPM, CRTP - A large ocean liner was headed across the Atlantic from Portsmouth to New York. As it neared its destination at night, a lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, "Light, bearing on the starboard bow." "Is it steady or moving astern?" the captain called out. The lookout replied, 'Steady, captain,' which meant that they were on a collision course. The captain then called to the signalman, "signal that ship: We are on a collision course, advise you change course 20 degrees." Back came a signal, "Advisable for you to change course, 20 degrees." The captain said, "Send, I'm a captain, change course 20 degrees." "I'm a seaman, second class," came the reply. "You had better change course 20 degrees." By that time the captain was furious. He spat out, "send, this is the mighty ocean liner, HMS Franconia. Change course 20 degrees." Back came the flashing light, "this is a lighthouse, suggest you change course 20 degrees."
2021, we had people telling us what to do, especially in government. Covid vaccines have failed. Masks have failed. The economy has gone into an inflationary range that has created financial stress on families. We had education telling parents they were wrong in getting involved in their children's education. We had businesses that became politically involved in political agendas that harmed their business, stock holders, and employees. Basically, if we look at everything that has happened in 2021 we have been going the wrong course. We have had people shout at us to change our course or else, when they are wrong in shutting down the independence of people. We kept shouting back ag them, you turn course, we are humans, Americans, and we know a better way, we can think for ourselves.
2022 is a year to change course. Let's focus on our own personal and family issues that can strengthen our lives. Let's focus on our communities and how we can get involved and create change. Let's use our vote in 2022 to move people out of government that should not be there. Let's get rid of any debt we have and focus on becoming financially strong. Let's stay out of courts and use mediation services to resolve conflict. We have so much that we can do to make our lives richer and fulfilling. Change to a nation starts in our communities by getting involved.
This new year provides us with a lot of possibilities, lets seize the year and take control. Let's change course.
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Michael Lodge is a Nationally Certified Professional Mediator specializing in business disputes, as well as family conflicts. He has written three books and hosts an international podcast on IHeartRadio and other podcast media stations.