As I bounce back from my humanistic experience of creating more drama than needed, I realized the world at large is essentially doing the same thing. All the frightening experiences that have overwhelmed us recently, have now spilled into our everyday lives. Many are obsessed with the constant posting of “helpful” links or photos that are really just finger pointing. By continuing to stir the toxic waters, we are not providing comfort, but rather adding fuel to an already volatile situation. How do we make a change? How can one person make a difference? I love the saying, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
It is a simple concept, but one I have found so powerful. One act can start the domino effect. This may not solve our vast problems that are smothering our world, but by showing others courtesy, respect, kindness and love, it shifts our thoughts and our feelings to a more positive and rational outlook.
I don’t have the solutions for the global conflicts, but I do know how peaceful I feel when I show others kindness. It doesn’t take much effort to be kind. I want to be a part of the solution, not the problem. It takes a lot less energy to be courteous, than it does to be hostile. After my traumatic toddler fit this week, I am swimming in peacefulness.