I spent three hoursÂ last Sunday afternoon glued to The History Channel which carried non-stop accounts of the demise of the world. Did you see it?
It was fascinating, troubling and probably totally off base.Â But the series discussed the prophecies of Nostradamus, Leonardo da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton who centuries ago charted the end of the world as we know it.
Through some complicated and vague formulas, the year 2012 keepsÂ popping up as a pivotal year for our planet. Apparently, on Dec. 21, the planets will line up in a way like never before.
The line-up could mess with intricate balance of theÂ universe and cause the earth to turn on its axis.Â The polar reversalÂ couldÂ produce a cataclysmic episode whichÂ will sling some of us off into space, leaving onlyÂ a handful of folks to repopulate what is left of the planet.Â
Someone has actually begun a seed bank near the North PoleÂ soÂ the survivorsÂ can replant and feed themselves. Madagascar was mentioned as the safest place to be.
Looking for inner peace, I went to Sunday evening services at my church.Â Guess what the pastorâ€™s topic was.Â You got itÂ â€“ the end times and why we need to get right with our maker.Â
When I got home I turned on the television, and guess what movie was playing? You got it â€” â€ś2012,â€ť an alarming, albeit cheesy,Â depiction of the destruction of the planet.Â ByÂ then I was chewing nails. To distract myself I went to the store and bought a big bag of Snickers.Â Whatâ€™s the point ofÂ eating healthyÂ if Iâ€™m not going to be around to enjoy getting back into my skinny jeans?
I called my son toÂ commiserate, and he scoffed.Â Heâ€™s a world class scoffer.
â€śMother, the History Channel is notorious for this kind of yellow journalism,â€ť he said.Â â€śDidnâ€™t you notice that all the so-called authoritiesÂ have Ph.Ds in the study of cowlicks atÂ the University of Possum Trot, Alabama?â€ťÂ Hmm.Â He had me there.
Letâ€™s face it, doom sells. Nevertheless, I have decided to put a positive spin on all this prognostication andÂ liveÂ whatever time is left as a kinder,Â gentler person.Â I will stop being offended by politicians, the aging process and my neighbor who always leavesÂ his trashÂ cans on the street.Â
I will do all the things Iâ€™ve wanted to do but put off until some nebulous date in the future.Â That includes wearing my pajamas all day at least once a week.Â And Iâ€™m going to start using the good towels.
In the end, itâ€™s aboutÂ family and friends we care about and setting old grudges asideÂ â€”Â that, as well as spending less time worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow.Â Hopefully, we all have enough time to come to peace with God, ourselves and the people we love. And I think thatâ€™s a resolution worth making regardless of the future.
Oh, and Iâ€™ve booked a trip to Madagascar in December.
Emily Jones is a retired journalist who edits a website for bouncing baby boomers facing retirement.Â She welcomes comments at http://www.deludeddiva.com.View more articles in: