There has been much said about the coming of this day, this 12-12-12. It has been said it will be a time of new beginning and blessing upon the earth. It has been said as well that this day will bring about nothing new or different. It has also been said that this day 12-12-12 is a warning from our past unto our future, a day of reckoning. The fact that Jesus had 12 disciples has been brought up as well as the possible significance of the 12 tribes of Israel. References toward the 12 signs of the Zodiac have been made as well. And the calendar year is made up of how many months? Why, 12 months of course. And then there are the 12 days of Christmas to consider as well. There are also 12 Federal Reserve districts spread across our land. And there were the 12 gods of Olympus as well.
And then in the book of Revelation, chapter 21, verse 12 it speaks of a great and high wall which had 12 gates and at the gates were 12 angels and the names written upon the gates were those of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel. If one does some research, they will find the number 12 comes up many times in scripture. In the Bible and in Christian symbolism, the number 12 plays a major role and is a symbol of completeness and perfection. And if one looks into the field of numerology, one will find that the number 12 symbolizes both spiritual and earthly order. It is considered a lucky, sacred number and symbol of wholeness. And then of course, there is much talk over the Mayan calendar and what meanings it may or may not hold.
Depending on who you may have spoken to over the last few weeks, there were either messages of hope and goodness and excitement over 12-12-12 as well as 12-21-12. Conversely, there are many who have been broadcasting messages of doom, death and the destruction of our Earth as we know it. I have found myself caught up in the fervor caused by these upcoming dates, these numbers. And given the fact that I am a bit predisposed toward the positive, my thoughts and feelings have leaned towards what is good and pure and positive. But you want to know something here? I will tell you just now.
This evening, I arrived home after a rather long work day. I took a shower to wash the day’s stress off of me and turned on the television. I usually watch Touched By An Angel, a program I dearly love and then make my way over to spend some time writing as I am doing now. But guess what I came across as I flipped through the channels, making my way to my usual programming? It was “The Concert For Hurricane Sandy Relief” and it was amazing! A large number of musicians and stars had arranged to be at this concert, giving their time and talent for free to provide funding for the countless numbers of people devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keyes, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Roger Waters, Coldplay, REM and others sang their hearts out this night. And there were phones, many phones all being manned by celebrities and stars. They showed up to answer the phones as donations were being called in. Those who called in had the chance to personally chat with a celebrity that they perhaps admired. Among those answering the phones were Martha Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Buscemi and a large number of others. And many local heroes, folks like you and I were honored and recognized for all of their efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A large number of residents, firefighters, policemen and others, including a group of 180 retired men who call themselves “The Gray Beards” were brought forward and recounted various events concerning rescue efforts and the saving of lives.
As I watched all of this unfold before me, I thought once again about the number 12. But I believe more importantly, I began to think of other numbers as well. I considered the number of 180 which was the number of members in the group that called themselves “The Gray Beards” who gave so freely of their time and strength to help those affected by this tragedy. I thought of the number 100 which was the number of phone lines being manned by those celebrities who gave of their time in hopes of folks that might be just a bit more likely to call in and donate if they could do so by way of speaking to Martha Stewart or Steve Buscemi or any of the other numerous stars there. I thought also of the large number of musicians who gave of their time and talents in order to make a difference in the people whose lives were so drastically altered by this hurricane called Sandy. I then realized the enormous effort and the incredible number of hours and the number of days, even weeks it had to take in order to bring all of this together! The sheer numbers of all this not only boggled my mind. It also melted my heart.
There are tears in my eyes as I write these words now. You see, I have always had a fascination with numbers. I believe I mentioned this once before. I believe……..No, better said I know that numbers have significance. I know that they are important. But my focus has been misdirected, particularly over the last few months. It is not the 12-12-12 or the 12-21-12 that should draw our attention. This is not where our energies are to be directed. Our focus is to be on the huge number of people, celebrities and musicians and others who came together to bring hope and goodness and relief to those in such need. And if we take the time to look at other tragedies that have occurred in the past, similar events have taken place. And this outpouring of kindness and help does not just come from those we deem as celebrities or stars. It is also the strength that comes to be from you and I, from our neighbors here and our neighbors across this great land of ours. It is also a strength that comes from our brothers and sisters that are all across this planet which belongs to us all. Yes, for we are all of us the same. It matters not our ethnicity or what our belief system may be. It matters not if we are of a different skin color or if we speak a different language than another. We are all of us the same! And together, our numbers are beyond measure or tabulation. My friends, this is what is of importance here. These are the “numbers” that matter, yes? Let us not be so concerned over a particular date or a particular sequence of numbers. It is our humanity demonstrated one to another and it is the number of times we allow ourselves to demonstrate that humanity, the number of times that we come together as our Creator would have us to do. It is the number of occasions that we choose to show love and compassion to those around us each and every day. This is where the true definition of numbers comes from and where their strength and wisdom lie.
Do you see now as I have only just begun to see and realize? The numbers that hold true significance are our own. It is not the numbers taken from an ancient calendar from so long ago. And I am not saying that the histories of this world are unimportant for history is very important. If we are prudent and wise, we can learn from the past so we do not repeat the errors that were made in previous times. What I am saying however, is that in order for us to bring our world into the future in good fashion, we must keep our heads about us and see things as they were meant to be seen. So, let us keep the idea, the importance and the concept of numbers in the proper light and in the proper perspective, yes? Again I say because it bears repeating……The numbers that hold true significance are our own! Let us concentrate our thoughts and our efforts there. Let us collectively bring our numbers to power and share goodness and blessings one with the other. And trust me on this…..If we do this and do so consistently, our world will be so positively charged and changed that we will no longer recognize it! These thoughts here are true and they are right. I know this because they are not my own. But grand thoughts without action placed behind them are nothing more than wistfulness. So, come now! Let us do this thing, as they say!
It is now closing in on the midnight hour and I will close. My normal work day begins early as does your own, I am sure. Or perhaps you have just completed your work day. Perhaps your work day is just now beginning. In any event, I truly appreciate your time spent here in reading. Please take these words to heart and let us actively and together bring forth global change by the simple virtue of our numbers. It isn’t such a large undertaking, not really. The beauty of global change, going strictly by the numbers is that it is accomplished daily, one person at a time. This is the way lasting change is brought about.
Thank you once again for your time and attention this evening. Please forward these words to another and urge that other to do the same. We can indeed do this, my friends. Be blessed today and may each day find you yet another step further down the road that Life has set before you. Be a blessing to all those you meet along the way. Take care with yourselves for you are precious in this world.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.