Counting Many Lifetimes

So much seems to be going around about the end of the world, as predicted by the Mayans. Actually, according to the Mayan calendar, it is not an end coming but a new beginning.

A b’ak’tun is a “measurement” of time within the Mayan calendar system, one of several systems ancient civilizations devised. The Mayan b’ak’tun contains 144,000 days. The 13th b’ak’tun started in the year 1618, and ends December 20, 2012. So, December 21, 2012 marks the beginning of the 14th b’ak’tun. This Mayan change of calendar would, to their few descendants, be viewed as more of a “restart” and a new period of hope for the world.

Under the “standard” Gregorian calendar, the year runs 365 days from January 1st to December 31st, This is how time is marked by much of the world today. It sets a different standard for counting the days, months, and years. Plus, longer periods such as decades and centuries are counted to help track the passing of time.

With many of the “doomsday” predictions, some people are fearful and unsure what will happen. It is worth noting, at least to gain some peace of mind, that not only did the Mayan’s believe the date was a new beginning, but they and other ancients believed it was the ushering in of a long time of peace to come. Isn’t that a wonderful prediction?

As December 21st approaches, remember it is marking a period of time, just like the marking of a century or millennium. It’s just one b’ak’tun turning over and another count of 144,000 days beginning.

In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve serves as a time of celebration. People make resolutions and promise themselves and others changes for the coming year. While planning New Year’s resolutions, this special turning of the Mayan b’ak’tun could just be an opportunity not seen since the 17th century: an opportunity for resolution-makers to consider changes not for the next 365 days, but for the next 144,000 days.

What resolutions could be made for a lifetime, for the betterment of one’s children, grand-children, and hundred generations of descendants coming within the 14th b’ak’tun? It’s a rare opportunity to make seriously long-term resolutions and positive changes to one’s world with these future generations in mind.

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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.