Monday, January 2, 2012

What Would Our World Be Like

What Would Our
World Be Like
As we start 2012, it seems to be a normal time to reflect upon this past year and to begin looking ahead to the next year.  Although you never need to wait until the end of the year to do this, it seems to be an appropriate time. 

The question I pose to everyone as I share some of my own thoughts is "what would the world be like if" and then you can fill in the blank.  My aim is for deep perception into our role in our day and how we impact the world immediately around our existence.

So what would the world be like if we all chose to stop each day and find time to relax and travel deep within the mind body connection?  What are the possibilities that could exist and how would this affect our overall physical body, our health, the peacefulness and productiveness of the day in following our life's purpose?  Just stop for a moment and ponder what the potential outcomes could be and see how this impacts your own life.

What would the world be like if we all learned how to become mindful and we practiced mindfulness in every moment of our day?  Consider how much you would notice from the birds and sounds around you to the beautiful colors and peaceful moments that were there to observe freely.

What would the world be like if we did something good for another person that included sharing a positive and helpful attitude to them?  Maybe sending a smiley from the Smiley Project or giving someone a compliment or a thank you.  It could be just showing love to another fellow human being rather than the antagonism or lack of understanding that is all too prevalent these days in our world.

What would the world be like if we walked in the shoes of another person that we did not understand or who was one that we did not readily embrace in our life?  If we could see through the eyes of a person that we felt was our enemy, maybe we would see a different side of them.  If we could offer our compassion to those that are not like us in a way that is accepting, just how much would this change not only our world, but the entire world around us.

You see, change and contemplation of what we desire does not start with every other human.  It starts with each one of us individually.  What we do in our own existence to others around us, we do to humanity.  We can impact the entire human civilization by what we do.  Yes, it is easier to look at the faults of other groups of people and claim they need to do various things to change, but in all reality, if we want change, it must come first within our self.

A failure on our part to change who we are, will bring us very little in return except a great deal of frustration and anger.  I remember hearing the thought about pointing fingers at someone.  If you point your finger at another person, you've got three fingers pointing back at yourself.  Finding fault with others or only seeing what is wrong around you is like pointing the finger.

The examples I give here are so simple and yet they are so difficult for most people.  It is clearly evident today in our interactions with one another.  Let us go in and look at what we can do to change our own existence as we become more human.

Related Blog Posts:
1)  Mindless Or Mindful (Jan 9, 2011)
2)  Give A Smiley Project Official Launch (Nov 22, 2011)

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