“Success breeds complacency- Complacency breeds failure-Only the Paranoid Survive”

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The above quote is from, former Intel CEO Andy Grove, I think he was kidding…but maybe

not. This month’s edition of the magazine focuses on so many wonderful

things: travel, fitness for optimal bone health, and even

the novel idea of bringing your cat to work! This October

issue also marks my five-year anniversary as publisher! I am ever so grateful to those who

have been part of this journey, including my Layout Designer

Suzzanne; Editor Sara; Calendar Editor Theresa; the guys who help get this information

to you, Clem and Bill; and Marketing Director Carol. Without them, these

five transformative years would not have occurred for me or for the magazine.

I am not being dramatic. You see, October 1, 2012, I launched my very first

issue of Natural Awakenings Long Island. I had amazing intentions for the magazine

and had invested my hard-earned money so that I could publish it. Some 25

days later, I awoke to one-third of my house destroyed—my entire office in ruins—

and my town in shambles, all thanks to Hurricane Sandy who paid an unwelcome

visit. Without the help of these people while I was putting my life back together, I

would not be writing this letter today and would not have been able to write my

first book, A Year of Inspired living (www.ayearofinspiredliving.com), which is available now on Amazon and Barnes and

Noble (shameless plug!).

Here we are five years later watching a phenomenon of destruction in the

form of hurricanes the likes of which we have not seen. As I write this, I pray for

my friends in both Texas and Florida, as well as two Natural Awakenings publishers

that live in a place I love like a second home, Puerto Rico.

Success…complacency…ultimately failure? Perhaps…

When I look back at the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, our great country grew industrially

at an unparalleled rate. Simply compare electronics of the ‘70s to electronics

of 2017—it is truly mind boggling. Good for us. SUCCESS! Or is it? Don’t get me

wrong, success is not something I am against. Complacency, which often comes

with success—that may be where we have gotten off track. We are failing as a

collective group to protect our planet. Never was this more evident to me than

when I watched the brilliant Jennifer Lawrence and ethereal Javier Bardem in the

movie Mother! Without giving too much away, I went to the film nervous, I was so scared

truth be told I hate scary movies, I think the last one I watched was Wizard of Oz (I still

can’t get that witch and those flying monkeys out of my dreams!) I was scared because I

 thought Mother! was a typical horror film; however, I told myself, “Don’t worry, it’s not

real, it’s just a movie,” I didn’t realize the fear based movie is really an allegory

depicting a far too horrific reality.

We as a society in our successful lives are rapidly exchanging one new item

for the next; we are filling up our landfills and burdening the Earth with both our

heavy waste and our consumption of her resources, and it is proving to have dire

consequences. Humankind must stop the arguing—the left verses right, the religious

verses the agnostic, and even discontinue the whole “one life matters” over

“another life matters” rhetoric—and must recognize HUMANITY IS WHAT MATTERS.

And guess what, humanity? Our grandkids (and their grandkids) are going

to need a place to live. We have but one Earth—care for it, foster it, cherish it, and

in return, all of the riches can be yours. Limit your consumption of resources, turn

off lights, unplug appliances, and simply consume less. Perhaps if we take care of

Mother Earth, she will take care of us. It’s that simple. All I ask of you the reader as

you delve into this month’s issue is that you remain conscious of your own carbon

footprint—well that, and also that you consider bringing your cat to work. 😉

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