During the Iraq war, I went to India on a tsunami relief mission. In Chennai, I met with a successful Gujarati businessman who wanted to help us on our mission to bring aid to the Andaman Islands.
I was telling him about my childhood in Amritsar. As we were chatting, I shared the time I got robbed at the Golden Temple. He chuckled at the thought of a young white boy trying to figure it out in India. Then explaining to the idiot he said, "Indians cannot be trusted. If you bring your nice shoes to temple, they will be stolen."
Inspired by his own wisdom he continued, "But the Americans hmm.... The Americans, will steal your whole country."
And we both laughed because what can you do.
What I loved about that interaction is somethings you can't change. But it's not an excuse to ignore the ones you can. As you come into 2023, we invite you to focus on getting as clear as you can, as strong as you can, so you can share your good energy with the world. Let's start your year right!