Do we all have different answers to this question? Is the answer as individual as each of us is?
I’ll give you my answer and you can tell me what you think.
I want a world where every man, every woman, every child, every animal, and Mother Earth herself, are treated with respect. I want a world where every person on the Earth has sufficient food, water, shelter and security. I want a world where peace reigns, and joy is a common emotion.
Is this the sort of world you want? If so, how can we achieve that?
My answer: with love. We have to start loving ourselves before we have the resources to love each other. This is not something most of us learned from our parents, and definitely not in school.
What action steps can I take today to help create the world I desire?
Perhaps if we asked ourselves this question every day, we might be well on the way to creating that world.
My first suggestion would be:
Consider the consequences of all our actions.
Here is a story which illustrates my point:
One day, my husband and I decided to rid our yard of a number of palm trees, which dropped their fruit all over the yard, and attracted bats. What we hadn’t considered was that a possum had decided to sleep in the branches of one of those trees, so that when the tree-loppers felled this tree, the poor possum was crushed to death by the falling tree.
Had we considered the consequences of our actions, we may have been able to avoid its death. But we hadn’t even considered it.
All of our actions have consequences – sometimes good, sometimes bad. Sometimes, we may not be able to foresee those consequences, but we certainly won’t if we don’t even consider them.
If you agree with my vision of a better future, what do you think would help to achieve that goal?
(I have just launched my new facebook page. Check it out of you want to see further ideas on considering the consequences of our actions. https://www.facebook.com/LorelleKTaylor )