It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is almost here—again!
The year seems to have flown by, but that may be because for me, personally, there have been so many changes. It was the year we made the transition from being involved in farming for decades as well as living there for a long time to becoming city folk. No longer do I think about starting the tractor to clear the yard and driveway after a snowstorm. Now the city and the property management group for our condo development take care of that while I have my morning coffee.
As my small family gets used to city living, we as Canadians also have to get used to one of the most unsettled global climates we’ve experienced in a very, very long time. I’m not referring to the notion of actual climate change, but I’m talking the peace and stability of the world.
A very different global political climate has taken hold during the past couple of years; and as a middle power country, we now find ourselves buffeted by those winds. There isn’t much we can do other than weather that storm as best we can while we focus on maintaining our own credibility and ethics as a nation. But we need to focus to ensure we continue to accomplish that.
In times of great upheaval in the past, the countries that held together and kept their integrity and identity did so partly because their leaders were—for the most part, at least—visionaries who adhered to ethical principles. We need those kinds of leaders at both the provincial and federal levels in this country now more than ever.
As citizens and voters, we can force that by continuing to value kindness, truthfulness and honesty.
As we soon start making New Year’s resolutions, here’s a suggestion: that we Canadians start thinking of the overall good and needs of our country instead of supporting politicians who just promise to cut our taxes again. And that we insist on them displaying the same kinds of values we teach our children. We need to look up to our leaders.
This Christmas lets promise to insist our leaders have the good of the nation at heart, not just personal election success. Let’s think about what it takes to live in a fair and just society where we do our best not to leave anyone behind, where we strive for a peaceful, prosperous nation that values the rule of law and places ethics and morality among its most prized virtues.
Overall, I think we’re doing reasonably well at that. But we can still do better. Let’s resolve to carry that belief into the New Year and beyond. And, of course, as Canadians we should keep in mind that if someone gets out of line on the ice, we might still need to drop our gloves and settle things.