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What Makes Me Really Angry About the World?
December 4, 2015
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Inspired by  The Live Your Legend Blog Challenge

I work hard at not feeling anger and instead try to focus my attention on gratitude. That said I am human and currently holed up at home with a broken leg. In an effort to stay connected I definitely have formed a FaceBook habit and while it keeps me in contact with friends it quite frankly highlights the worst of what is happening in our world.

I want people to recognize that all our issues are connected. Children who spend far more time isolated in front of a screen rather than playing outside, the bombing of Syria and Beirut, terrorism in Paris, global warming, mass shootings in America, a food system that is leading to massive health problems, over consumption, the dis-ease between folks with liberal tendancies and those who are conservative, the toxification of vast tracts of riparian land in Brazil, the list seems endless when you spend time with either social or traditional media.

Call me idealistic I think though all these problems can be solved with the understanding of one truth. We are all interconnected. Our fate is inextricably linked with everyone else’s. When we each comprehend this truth we will recognize that we all have to play our part. If we focus on sending a little love and kindness into the world on a daily basis it becomes a better place. If we remove our heads from the sand with regards to the impact we have on other humans we will try harder to leave the world a better place. It is time to awaken and rise above delusion, regardless of whether we are a CEO of Monsanto, work in a munitions factory, spray our lawn with pesticides, drive our car alone to work, buy the latest smart phone annually, buy our children more Christmas presents than necessary, or eat at restaurants that source their meat from factory farms. It is time to recognize that at some level we impact the world and everyone who lives in it.

We all need to change at least some of our behaviors based on truths rather than our often lame justifications. Like any change it does not all have to happen at once. Instead let us focus on changing one thing at a time. My suggestion is that it starts with what is nearest and dearest to us. The one thing I am realizing from my injury and the time I am currently enforced to stay at home and reflect is that when I give my family more intentional time the love in our household grows exponentially and that love does go out into the world around us.

How can we give our family more time? How can we be more intentional with regards to our family? How can we feel compassion for families less fortunate than ourselves? How can we bring focus to the riches of our time spent together and the experiences we share rather than what we possess? How can we teach our children to love both the planet and others (friends and strangers alike)? How can we leave this world a better place than we found it?

I should probably step off my soapbox now.