New York City 009 225x300 POSITIVE PARENTING   THE WORLD DID NOT ENDA little while ago a minister in California predicted that the world was going to come to an end on May 21, 2011.  When I first heard of this, I thought to myself here’s another crack pot who has misinterpreted what the bible has said about the end. This is not the first time someone has made such a prediction. It seems that every few years someone pops up and holds our attention with this idea of the world ending. Every time I hear this I personally hope and pray that they are wrong. I’m not ready for the world to end. I have too much to do.

This topic that the world is going to end always takes over the airwaves. It seemed that every television and radio station creates a countdown to that dreaded day. I spent weeks talking to many people about what they would do if the world was going to end. The responses varied from having one continuous party to making amends with loved ones to doing absolutely nothing.

The party idea seemed pretty interesting. I haven’t partied in over 20 years and this could be one big send off. Although I could have a lot of fun, making amends could be the right thing to do. It could be very embarrassing to see these people on the other side and even more embarrassing that they are still mad at me. I think that doing nothing seems to be the most reasonable. I have no intention of selling all my things or quitting my job.  This minister has made these predictions before and he was wrong each time. Did he now get it right?

I must admit that I was a happy go lucky guy leading up to that date. It wasn’t until we arrived at that last hour (he predicted that the world would end at 6PM on May 21, 2011) that I began to get a little nervous and I’m sure I was not the only one.

We all know that that date and time came and went with nothing happening. The minister went into hiding for a few days and when he resurfaced he said his calculations were wrong. The world was going to end on October 21 not May 21.  I think I know how he made this mistake. I believe while he was working his computer contracted the dreaded blue screen of death and when he restarted it, the computer came back on and set itself on a date that was 4 months ahead of the date he was really working on. This is just my idea. The crack pot lives on to make another false prediction.

 Maybe the whole exercise had nothing to do with the world ending as a whole. After all, that was the end of the world for some people. I’m sure we could find proof of that in many obituary sections found in newspapers around the world. Perhaps the real exercise is to shine a light on our own mortality. None of us knows when the end will come for us. It could be today or on October 21. In any event it is important for us to look at ourselves and question whether or not we are as positive as we say we are. Are we doing all we can do to be the best positive parents we could be. I don’t know about everyone else but I have not arrived and I still have a lot of work to do.


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