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WISHING YOU A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR 2016

January 1, 2016 Comments Off on WISHING YOU A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR 2016 General
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Happy New Year to one and all. This message is written to wish you the kind of happiness and success that is completely in your grasp, in spite of any sorrows or setbacks or challenges you will face in the year to come. I am referring to the way in which Viktor Frankl envisions success and happiness in his beautiful book Man’s Search for Meaning:

 
“Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself…Happiness must happen, and the same holds with success: you must let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and to carry it out to the best of your knowledge” (1986, p. 12).

 
What will our commitment to a cause greater than ourselves be in this New Year? Responsible citizen participation in public actions and activities that serve the common good? Stronger fair and democratic practices in our workplace? Compassionate involvement in the lives of the weak or the poor? An insistent search for social justice in situations that seem to defy our every effort? Such commitments empower us even when we have reason to question our effectiveness. The happiness and success that ensues might not make sense to everyone in a competitive and highly consumerist society. Still it is always within our power to follow our conscience and do what is important rather than what looks important to others. There are so many great causes from which to choose!

 
Warmest good wishes for that kind of happy and successful 2016!

 

Written by Beatrice S. Fennimore a teacher educator focused on advocacy and social justice for all children

Photograph of the Sea of Galilee was taken by the author in June 2015