Changing Our World

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

If only we would listen.

Every morning, {if we’re lucky enough to open our eyes and be blessed with the gift of a new day}, we immediately reach for our phones or the T.V. remote for our first dose of what’s happened whilst we were sleeping. How did the world change during that blissful, peaceful oblivion?

When tragedy strikes in the form of a natural disaster or crime-related incident, we consume the details feeling sadness, hopelessness, helplessness and frustration. “Why did this have to happen?” we ask. “Why doesn’t somebody do something?” we cry. We shake our heads, trying to make sense of the world today.

The truth is, every event is a message. Our Earth is telling us, in an attention-grabbing way, “Take care of ME!” Those who perpetrate horrific crimes are reminding us that what we’re doing {to protect ourselves from dangerous people} is not working and, further, what we’re doing {to care for those who are ill} is failing. They’re all messages, all challenges that ask us, “So what are WE going to about it?” The question is, how much bigger, more serious, more tragic do these “messages” have to be before we take action?

Our Earth is hurting and it’s fighting back. Think about it. Wouldn’t we all fight back if someone’s actions consistently caused damage to our bodies, minds, souls? Wouldn’t we protest? Wouldn’t we use whatever methods necessary to get our message across?

Our people are in physical, mental, emotional pain and they’re screaming for the help they so desperately need. We focus on their tragic crimes or the behavior they exhibit, not the underlying problems or long-term solutions.

When will we start heeding the messages? When will we show our Earth the respect She deserves? Her resources are irreplaceable once they’re depleted; we can no longer afford to ignore the messages She’s sending us. We owe our planet so much more than we give Her for the privilege of living here. We don’t get to mindlessly cause damage and then wonder why Mother Nature unleashes her mighty wrath upon us.

When will we administer more effective care to those who need it? Problems are far more difficult to deal with in the aftermath of a tragedy. I know, from experience, that help is not readily available until situations reach crisis levels. My question is not why it happens ~ I know why ~ but why this has become accepted in/by our society. Passing the buck is easy but it doesn’t solve problems.

Every day is a brand new day during which we can change things if we want to. What I hear is the constant noise that deafens us from the things worth hearing. What I see is the misplaced focus on things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. What sort of solutions would we reach if we took the time to be quiet and collectively brainstorm all the issues that really are going to make a difference in 5, 15, 25, 50, 100 years?

Every morning, why not ask, “What can I do to make things better for my family, my local community, my state, my country, my world?”

Ask –> Listen –>Act–>Influence–>Change–>Reap.


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