Be The Change You Want To See
Mahatma Gandhi once said - "Be the change you want to see in the world." I've thought about that often. I spend a lot of time talking and writing about things that concern me in life, things I'm not happy about, things I wish were different, but when you look at life from the perspective of this quote it totally changes the focus... it's not about "them", it's about ME, me doing my part to help create the world I envision. It isn't going to happen on it's own...
I'd like to see a world where kindness and compassion were the rules of the day, where people went out of their way to help each other without expecting anything in return.
I'd like to see a world where we all respected each other, not just tolerating others who are different from us, but celebrating what makes them unique and special.
I'd like to see a world where children were treated as sacred responsibilities and were raised with love and care, a world where parenting was a priority, and no child was ever neglected or abused.
I'd like to see a world where children were taught to respect their parents and others in authority, where adults treated other adults with respect, and where elders were considered a valued part of society and treated as such.
I'd like to see a world where extended families once again took on meaning, where the contributions of aunties, uncles, and grandparents, as well as friends and neighbors and others in the community were considered essential to the formation of a healthy, stable child.
I'd like to see a world where adults didn't spend long hours in jobs just to provide basics, and to come home exhausted, but where they also had time and energy left to enjoy life and spending time with families and friends.
I'd like to see a world where people were far less concerned with acquiring possessions and far more concerned building character and sharing what they have.
I'd like to see a world where people would wake up in the morning truly celebrating the arrival of another day, welcoming it instead of dreading it.
I'd like to see people developing their creativity, finding ways to contribute beauty and joy to our world. I'd like everyone to feel safe in self-expression, to be unafraid of failure when attempting to realize our dreams.
I'd like to see people value life as an opportunity to serve, to care for others, rather than to "have it all" for themselves.
I'd like to see us taking better care of what we have, and using things cautiously and sparingly, not seeing everything, including relationships, as disposable and easily replaceable.
I'd like to see a world where at least once each day we all stopped what we were doing, and took time to listen to the small voice within.
I'd like to see a world where we all knew the power of prayer and made it a working part of our lives.
I'd like to see a world where no one went hungry, cold, sick, or lonely, with no one who cared.
I'd like to see a world where people believed in themselves and their ability to effect change in their own lives, and thus one-by-one affect change in the world.
I'd like to see a world where, at the end of the the day, we all took time to say THANK YOU for all that we have, and all that we share.
Does it sound impossible... far too idealistic? It's not! There is not one thing on this list that couldn't happen if we we were all willing to implement those attitudes and actions in our lives, to set them as our goals, to use them as our measure of success.
Start simple... choose any one thing from this list... or better yet from a list of your own... and BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE! Remind yourself of it every morning, and take inventory of your day every night. Conscious actions become habits, choices become changes.
I want to live in a better world, will you join me?
Note: The Sunday Scribblings writing prompt for this week was "wise". Mahtama Gandhi was incredibly wise, there is much we can all learn from his teachings.