What Do You Want to Achieve in 2023?

I must have been around 20 at the time. What was I thinking as I stood there in the wind, wondering where life would take me?

I had little fear for my future, in 1982.

I lived in and for the present moment. Spontaneous. Responsive. With little planning.

If I had planned ahead better, I could have made more of those days. Those uninhibited days, ignorant of intense worry and sorrow. Now I have gravel rash scars and several deeper wounds incurred through a lived experience. I came to know that kind of sorrow later on in life.

In 1982, I was primarily concerned about bigger-scale environmental issues and global temperature rises, but few listened.

So I went on with life.

In 2022, I see sustainability education has finally become mainstream, being adopted in schools, the workplace, and business. The mindset is changing. More and more folks realize our world cannot sustain continual plundering plus climate, soil and air damage without serious repercussions.

We must act fast and with care for our future generations.

Our Purpose and Scientific Experiments on Fear

Neuroplasticity is a buzzword. We know we can change our brains in both negative and positive ways.

In a scientific experiment with a mouse and a cherry, a mouse was deliberately given an electric shock each time it tried to eat a cherry. The mouse quickly learned to fear the humble cherry and froze when it was presented with it.

The mouse’s Grandchildren responded to the cherry in the same way the Grandfather mouse had done.

The fear response originated from the Grandfather and was passed down, not in the grandfather’s genetic code, but in manifestations, in the way genes were expressed in his grandchildren’s behaviour.

So the grand-mice froze in fear when presented with a cherry.

Our human brain’s amygdala initiates our fear and disgust responses while another part of the brain elicits pleasure and reward.

In the case of the mouse, the circuitry was diverted from the brain’s olfactory (smell) centre and pleasure response centre, because of the shocks and pain. So instead of responding with pleasure, the mouse froze. Then this information was passed on epigenetically to his offspring as an evolutionary adaptation.

Our learning in life contributes to the DNA memory that we pass down epigenetically via our offspring.

What kind of learning are you passing on?

Is it not our purpose to learn and pass on helpful information to our offspring, ensuring our brains don’t tip into fear mode?

Fear breeds hatred and hatred breeds divisiveness and fear.

In 2024, challenge yourself to pass on positive experiences and helpful information to future generations.

More Global New Year Resolutions for 2023

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Janis posted about making a New Year resolution not for herself, but for the whole world. Primarily her salient words were to not be so stupid. Simple rules to live by.

Suggestions like to NOT text and drive nor drink and drive.

There were more serious resolution suggestions too:

  • Develop a healthy scepticism – Don’t believe everything you read, hear, or see on the Internet – check things out (and not only with your favourite confirmation bias source).
  • Don’t equate the accumulation of things with the building of happiness.

The premise of capitalism – the MORE and MORE does NOT Lead to MORE wealth and MORE jobs nor a higher standard of living. Just look around.

The World is not an infinite well.

That model no longer stacks up to PROGRESS as the planet, and its resources are FINITE.

Resolutions for 2023

Before you make your next purchase this year, in 2023, ask yourself


If you must buy, choose timeless clothes, durable appliances, and minimal technology, recycled goods.

Avoid one-use plastic items.

Choose to support ethical companies.

Re-use items in a different way rather than dispose of them.

It is definitely not rocket science.

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73 thoughts on “What Do You Want to Achieve in 2023?”

    1. You said it, Sheree. It is a starting point and we need to increase our synchronised compliance with the planet we live on. Riding a bicycle instead of driving is another thing I aim to be doing more of this year.

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            1. What do you think about trikes? I am thinking they might be more stable? But they don’t feel that way when I ride them. Have you had any experience with them? I trust your judgement in terms of 2 or 3 wheels.

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            2. TBH, I have never ridden a trike only two-wheeled road and mountain bikes. I would assume 3-wheelers to be more stable but maybe not when cornering or going downhill. It all depends on where you’re going to ride it. What’s the terrain like? Have you thought about an eBike? You still have to pedal but there’s the added comfort of knowing you can get a boost, if necessary, when going uphill. Before making any major purchase I would suggest hiring a few different models to try them out.


  1. You’re right Amanda, it’s not rocket science: a bit of conscious and clear thinking, mindful healthy living habits and a clear, love filled vision for the future of our planet and future generations, we can all do our bit. Happy new year! 🙏💗

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  2. Already ticked most of those boxes and have done so for years. My main aim will be not to wake up dead. After that stay able to do all the stuff I want.
    Glad I’m not a mouse, I love cherries 🤤

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    1. Cherries are the best. Especially fresh from the tree. May we always be able to eat them without fear. I know that you have lived in sympathy with the land and support environmental causes. I’m preaching to the choir with you, Brian. But many global citizens don’t sing or know the words. So it is worth repeating.

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  3. So wonderful, helpful & knowledgeable, advisable topic for 2023..
    Wonderful you share your Climent & more globalisation. Beautiful solutions to needed thing use.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and expertise with us. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future. Keep up the excellent writing!


  5. When I volunteer at the local technical college I encourage the students to question what they see and hear whether face to face, in books, or in the media and find that the idea is alien to them, so we get down to the first verse of Kipling’s ‘I keep six honest serving men’ and Tony Benn’s five questions to those in power…what power have you got?….where do you get it from?….in whose interests do you use it?….to whom are you accountable? and finally …how do we get rid of you?
    With these tools as a starter one can see the gap between what is spouted and the reality around one, and that is the starter for doing something about it.

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    1. You get it! So pleased to hear that Sheetal will be more mindful of your actions, Sheetal! The next generation is always watching and learning. So why not teach them good things.


  6. Speaking of questioning claims assumed to be true…

    “The claim that olfactory conditioning could epigenetically transfer to offspring is based on successful findings from both the behavioral and neuroanatomical studies. If that claim was correct, if the effects were accurately estimated by the reported experiments, and if the experiments were run properly and reported fully, then the probability of every test in a set of experiments like these being successful is the product of all the probabilities in Table 1, which is 0.004. The estimated reproducibility of the reported results is so low that we should doubt the validity of the conclusions derived from the reported experiments.” Gregory Francis review

    (Reproducibility as a decimal point means between zero and one with one being certain of reproducibility. So we can see the mouse experiment reproducibility is too low to be considered sound evidence for epigenetics.)

    Critical review raises two problems here: epigenetics has no known or testable mechanism for transfer in humans, and the very best evidence to date is that these very slight effects somehow disappears entirely within 2- 3 generations. Why?

    So taking your advice to heart, we should be a little more critical and a little less willing to believe a narrative…

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    1. It is good to be critical and a devil’s advocate Tildeb and perhaps translation and applications to humans is impossible. I like debate and possibility. Regardless, this hypothesis seems to have some promising applications. The cane toad release ahead of the toad boundary line f.ex. and it is better than existing methods.
      Of course, more work is necessary.


  7. Great suggestions. Our family is already working on this. Almost all the gifts we gave this year were from Buy Nothing websites, op shops or personal possessions.


  8. I absolutely agree with the whole “develop a healthy skepticism.” Everything is meme-ified to a little square box. I feel like nobody researches different points of views to develop their own conclusions, it’s so unfortunate.


    1. Wow – do you see a dramatic decline in people reading widely? The memes are the food upon which youth regularly succor. It is a worry as to how this affects their analytical capacity. Where do you think it is taking us long-term? Younger people rising to decision making position without well-developed analytical skills?

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      1. That’s hard to say. I feel like when I see my nephews not thinking for themselves and resorting for their parents to answer for them. I resist to say yes because I do blame the parents for enabling it. Just because I see it with in my family, I don’t want it to define my world. I see a lot of young bright people from my work with high school and college students.

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        1. It is dangerous to generalize, I agree about all young people. Parents are apt to enable and it often comes from a helpful perspective. As a older parent, I remember holding back from jumping in too soon and being perceived as an enabler, and to some other parents, that looked to be dismissive and uncaring. It is hard to walk that tightrope. I suppose the amount of times it happens can be an indicator as to what way the pendulum might be swinging towards. Once that is established, corrections can be rectified. Am I making sense with that explanation? I guess I am saying no one is perfect. Awareness is a great starting point for positive change.

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  9. DO YOU REALLY NEED IT? That is and always has been the question for all of us. I grew up with a mother whose mantra was: waste not, want not. I was so programmed with this idea, that it takes a lot for me to want/buy anything. Sometimes I think I’m too cautious.


  10. Amanda, a great idea with global resolutions for 2023 and hoping more people feel the same! It was fascinating to read about neuroplasticity – I came across an article where a herd of elephants who had been widely hunted for their tusks no longer grew any. Incredible!


        1. Oh that is horrible to read about. 90% slaughtered. Thanks for the link – it was really fascinating. Especially in light of Tildeb’s comments above where he suggested the scientific theory saying could never apply to humans.

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  11. Your words serve as a call to action, reminding us that we must take responsibility for our actions and work towards a more sustainable future. very nice👏🏻


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