The Last Decade

Ben —  February 6, 2010 — Leave a comment

We have just started a brand new decade. It is exciting to think of what lays ahead.

One of the great ways to learn about life is to look at the past. In fact, let’s go back to the start of the last decade. Mentally put yourself back in 1999. What a year! It was the year I graduated high school, and the year I started dating the girl I have now been married to for almost 8 years.

In December of 1999 there was a great feeling of optimism all around the world. The birth of not only a new decade was upon us, but a new Millennium. The world partied in the year 2000 all around the world. It seemed like we had reached a new horizon, that there was new hope for the world.

But it didn’t take long for this hope to be shattered. On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever. As we watch planes fly into buildings, we were brutally reminded of the condition of the world.

It was the catalyst for wars, and continued terrorist activity.

The last decade was supposed to be the decade of hope, but in retrospect many analysts labelled it the decade of fear.

Here are some key world events from the last decade:

  • Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympics
  • War and terrorism: 9/11, Osama Bin Laden, the Iraq War & the London bombings
  • The death of an Australian icon Steve Irwin
  • John Howard was replaced by Kevin Rudd
  • Gladiator won the Oscar for best picture
  • The best-selling artist of the decade was the American rapper Eminem, whose album sales totaled US$32.2 million
  • The best-selling album of the decade was the Beatles’ compilation album
  • The Death of Michael Jackson
  • Usain Bolt won 100m gold at the 2008 Olympics
  • Technology companies changed how we communicate: Google, Wikipedia, Amazon, eBay, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter & YouTube
  • The iPod, iPhone and iPad were released
  • Tragedy of the great Australian fires
  • Global Financial crises – corporate greed exposed
  • Banks closing down as thousands of people withdraw savings
  • President Barack Obama elected

Although the decade gone has been described as one of fear, a new decade has dawned on us. For each of us the outcomes of this new decade will be the sum total of the principles we are building on now.

Here is the point: Most of what happened last decade was unexpected both globally and personally in our own lives. We don’t have control over most thing in life.

However, the one thing we have 100% control over is the principles we choose to live by.

Put your focus into developing the right principles in your life and actions.

Most of the time we don’t see our lives on a big enough scale to understand the significance of the decisions we make daily. All those little things add up.

Whenever you make everyday decisions based on right principles, rather than on what feels good at the time, you are feeding into your future.

Choosing to live by principle develops and constructs character!