Reflecting now on another year's rapid passing, a wise person takes a moment from the holiday festivities to meditate on our actions and way of life in the past year. To search what is deep in our hearts. Asking introspectively, what is the true nature of mankind? Of me? Is ours a curse, the spirit of fear; or rather, a gift of power, and of love, and of a sound mental process? Yes, did I leave enough handholds this year so that others might lift themselves? What motivates me - love or hate? Is my life force, my internal compass pointed towards the positive or negative?
"Tell me the difference between stupid and illegal and I'll have my wife's brother arrested." wrote Michael Lewis. For Man's reality is not in word, but in power and action. And some action of individuals has led to manic depression and great harm to others: actions can be indeed toxic, destructive and unethical. And like in the schoolyard, some view themselves as victim, yet they are in fact the bully.
I fill my life's jar whenever possible with the opposite character. People that love to give, willingly share, intellectuals, artist, adventurers and the like. Back in 2012, when I made this personal choice, to seek out positive like-minded people, a strange think happened - poetry came to me. I really can't explain it, but suddenly I was filled with a desire to write. And so I have, ever since.
"The truth is like poetry and most people hate poetry": again Michael Lewis highlights the connection between poetry and truth. I don't write for fame, or do I expect the masses to read what I write. I write for truth, whatever I decide that truth should be. Writing daily, and contemplation that comes with writing, inspires me. It sets the music by which I will dance for that day. Like music its notes are varied and diverse. Now, I whistle often.
"Everyone, deep in their hearts is waiting for the end of the world to come" said Haruki Murakami. I don't. I want to see, the liberation of the world. I want to rejoice in our Age of Enlightenment and quest forward with my own treasure map tightly grasped. I feel a strong connection to my forefathers, and I wish to do everything in my power to live my life as they did. Not negating the McKinnon name but amplifying its sounding.
And most surprisingly, some people read what I write- that makes me happy. And, hopefully, that makes you happy.
2016 according to the Chinese Mystics is a blessed year of the Red Fire Monkey, prepare to open ourselves to magical change. In particular, it is a year of discreet and intense quest to improve our personal well-being. Monkeys have strong financial motivations, a year of the hunt for prosperity. Whatever you believe, I wish you all a Prosperous, Fulfilling and Gracious New Year! Besos y Abrazos Amigos!