Change is happening all around us.  Seasons, careers, modern family dynamics, technology, fashion, environment, and much more.  To me, what seems to be unique is that changes feel different these days.  Natural disasters appear to be on a grander scale, disturbed individuals aren’t targeting the general population but elementary schools, temps are reaching higher highs and lower lows, and countries and their governments appear to lack the ability to unite and protect their citizens.  Could this have something to do with the predictions the Maya have made about 2012?

December 21st came and went and without any pomp and circumstance that some predicted.  Even the most zealous of doomsdayers are forced to admit that scholars and anthropologists may have misinterpreted various ancient text.  Many Mayan Elders are frustrated with this misinterpretation and have responded by saying essentially, “We never said that, you vain idiots!  We said that the world as we know it would be transformed and changed.  It isn’t the end but a radical new beginning!” I can see them shaking their heads, possibly rolling their eyes and muttering, “Silly white folks. They think they know everything.”  Ironically, I am as Caucasian as they come and I certainly don’t pretend to know what Mayan Elders know but I do find certain parallels interesting.  Regardless of what you believe, I think we can benefit from slowing down and taking some time to better understand how this “transition” might affect us and how to best welcome change.  Frankly, do we really have a choice?  

“We’re going through a difficult time... These difficulties are the result of our own disharmony of spirit. Governments and religions will let us down and lead us astray. Resources will be scarce and people will be afraid. Natural disasters will increase through the period and the age will end with destruction by fire...As we return to lost wisdom, we also return to living with the natural cycles represented by the calendars. People begin to elevate their own consciousness through the evolution of the energy centers in the body. We write the next phase of earth, the next age, together as people from all places unite.” --The Complete Idiot’s Guide to to 2012  

I think it would be fair to say that the world we live in is a reflection of it’s inhabitants.  Global change is difficult and overwhelming.  Fortunately, we need to start small.  We need to start with ourselves, with our own disharmony of spirit.  For Janeen Haliwell, We Move Forward Founder and Director, the courage to tackle her disharmony of spirit began with the death of her father.  On a very personal level, Janeen was forced to recognize that embracing change and moving forward can be a salve to our wounds, “When I told my mother of my dream to organize a women’s conference to address this, she lit up in a way that I hadn’t seen since my father had passed.  I knew then without a doubt that it was the right time and the right place for us to move forward.  Hosting a women’s conference on Isla Mujeres where the Mayan temple to the Goddess Ixchel stands is crazy-amazing!”

 “Our moving through with either resistance or acceptance will determine whether the transition will happen with cataclysmic changes or gradual peace and tranquility.”  -- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 2012

Change is going to happen with or without us or our involvement.  Do you want this change to reflect who you are, what you believe, or what you stand for?  How can you welcome change with peace and tranquility?

Stop what you are doing and re-assess.  
In a busy and changing world it is very easy to feel overwhelmed and to procrastinate.  I would argue that of any time in history, now is not the time to use those defense mechanisms.  Put on your big girl panties and get to work!  Are you living the life you are meant to live?  Are you doing the things that ignite passion and purpose in your soul?  How are you giving back to your global community?  What kind of legacy are you leaving for our future generations?  Take some time to make these thoughts and discussions a priority.  Find your answers.

Educate yourself.  
The world is a big place and opinions and scholars abound.  It isn’t easy to sort through the noise and find truth, but I promise that it is worth it.  Do your homework, get your hands dirty, and find peace in knowledge.   

Become involved.  
Thankfully not everyone is meant to be a leader and not everyone is meant to be a supporter.  Fortunately, the world is in desperate need of both.  Whether you are a thoughtful introvert or an exhorting leader, there is a place for you.  Find a niche where you can make a positive contribution and where your skills and capabilities are honored and respected.

Committing to your values, beliefs, passions, and purposes is challenging.  I would argue that it might be one of the most difficult things that you might experience in your lifetime.  Enduring critics, haters, naysayers, and general pessimism requires a lot of ‘ true grit’.  Find yours and don’t let it go.  When in doubt, try a “check up from the neck up” as the late Zig Ziglar would say.    

Be the change you want to see in the world.  
It’s hard to take the high road.  Especially when you are overworked, underpaid, overtired, and underappreciated.  I would argue that it is those times that it is most critical to do what is right if only because it is what is right.  People might not listen to what you have to say but they will most certainly watch what you do and your actions speak volumes.  Do the right thing and be the change you want to see in the world.  

"Humanity will continue, but in a different way. Material structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more human. We are living in the most important era of the Mayan calendars and prophecies. All the prophecies of the world, all the traditions are converging now. There is no time for games. The spiritual ideal of this era is action." -- Carlos Barrios

How are you planning on moving forward into 2013?