We’ve reached another year marked by the sense that we’re stuck in a rut. We can blame politicians, people with different political or religious beliefs, or Wall Street, but in truth we must heed the words of that timeless sage, Pogo, who famously said, “I have met the enemy and he is us.” Unfortunately, working for change is harder than posturing in a park and beating a drum. Change begins in one’s heart. In the New Year I propose to do three simple things: 1) Thoroughly read some articles that don’t merely confirm my beliefs, 2) Listen patiently to someone with a cogent argument for a policy I’ve previously rejected and, 3) Pray for an open mind and a heart passionate to help others.

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