"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Make a Difference!

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly on Lantana -- photo by Gail Wisdom

Two bits of wisdom came via Facebook recently.  They really speak to me. The first one says:

"You can make a difference: If a minimum of 1-2% of us resist the temptation to participate passively or actively in the spreading of negative world events, the rest of society will gradually begin to change as well. This is about the easiest and most profound contribution each one of us can make toward creating a more peaceful world." -- Andreas Moritz

Abraham says that one person connected to the stream (Source/God) is more powerful than a million who are not -- which means this 1-2% that Andreas Moritz is asking for CAN change the world to be a more peaceful place.

It's hard to avoid hearing the newest most horrible awful thing when you're around people every day, but now, if I don't turn on the news (which I swore off of soon after 9/11) or click on AOL's invitation to view any of their videos, I don't have a clue what the newest most horrible awful thing is.

It's been a long time since I said, "OMG! Did you hear about that?" because I realized and accepted the fact that the more attention we pay to horrible events, the more often we hear of them.

I made a conscious decision to stop participating in spreading the bad news.

My evening sky
I get a lot of flack for it, too.

But I am a senior woman, with less than a high school education, so I figure my best opportunity to help change the world is to focus on the good stuff.

Unfortunately, most humans seem more willing -- or find it easier to identify with someone going through some horrible event, than with those going through some kind of outstanding happy event.  I remember a feeling of -- importance -- maybe -- that came when I was the "first to know" and got to divulge all the horrible details to a spell bound audience. That "fifteen minutes of fame" may be why so many of us are addicted to participating in the spread of bad news.

I watched CNN for hours following the attacks on 9/11, waiting, hardly able to breathe, to see how many people were killed, hearing the stories of those who survived, trying to put myself in their place, to feel what they must have felt, how scared they were, etc.

We don't do that when we hear that someone has won the Powerball.

I think many of us, myself included, let envy and jealousy, however slight, interfere with our ability to rejoice in someone else's major good fortune, so we turn our attention from them very quickly. A snappy, "good for them" is about all they're gonna get. We don't hang around with the wonderful feelings of the good fortune of others -- but we could.

The imagination works the same if you are conjuring up a possible end of life situation or a major happiness event.  However, the vibrations for these two different events are opposite. With attention to tragedy, we attract more tragedy.  Everyone eventually asks the question, "Has the world gotten meaner? Or, due to the newest technology, do we just hear about more mean things?" I think it's both -- to a certain extent.  The world is much more good than bad, but the media makes sure we hear about all the tragedies  -- often whether we want to hear it or not. Their attention to, and their 24/7 coverage of the wars, the school shootings, the murders, earth quakes, tornadoes etc. make us feel like it's happening everywhere -- but it's not.  Every single day, billions of people go to work and school and return home with absolutely nothing negative happening to them.

Another aspect of this is that every time someone does something dastardly and it makes the news, some other dastardly deed doer gets a new idea.

Before Columbine, school shootings were unheard of.  How many have there been since then?

Focusing on the happy events -- which, by the way, far outweigh the tragedies on every single day -- we attract more happy events. If you go on the internet and look for things that make you smile, you'll find a boat load of them.  You can surf the same web for tragedies and find a boatload of them too.  It just depends on what you choose to look for.

Wildflower - Scrambled Eggs --
blooms all summer with intermittent rainfall
The second bit of wisdom says : "If we listen to the news and tune into the hate, we perpetuate the violence. Send out only love. no matter how hard it is to do. "-- LL Cartin

That's exactly what watching the news does to many people.  They tune into the hate. They lump, often, a whole race of people, or an entire political party into one category and hold them all responsible for the dirty deeds of a few.

If we let the negativity of the media set our mood every morning and again every evening just before we go to bed, we don't have a an ice cube's chance in hell of being in a good mood when we start the next day.

Watching the news (before I turned it off) made me feel like the world is a horrible, dangerous place.

It isn't.  I proved it to myself.  I drove half way across the United States and back. Me and one other woman. No one even treated us rudely.

So I am going to "stick my head back in the sand" now and join the 1-2% who refuse to say, "OMG! Did you hear about that?"

OMG!  Did you see this beautiful morning sky?

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