Monday, June 4, 2012
How To Change The World
I like to think that my presence on this earth will make the world a slightly better place than when I came into it. I like to imagine that your presence on this earth is improving living conditions as well. Isn't the point of life to co-evolve as a species to coexist in a supportive manner and to reach our individual bests by serving others? ha ha, that's pretty pretentious sounding, but I mean it. We are here to give not to take, we are here to serve rather than bask in entitlement. We are part of a greater living organism called life and like it or not we are connected on many levels. Well, you say, you spend your whole day at the office and your evening feeding kids. You don't have the luxury of teaching yoga and contemplating life. You are too busy living life to co-evolve. OK, then, fair enough, I know we are all busy so I will give you two steps guaranteed to make the world a better place. Two short steps....are you in?
1) Be who you are. You are an amazingly complex flawed and perfect person. There is absolutely no one else in this world exactly like you. Even if you are an identical twin you still have your own preferences and life experiences. So, why do so many of us waste so much time and energy wishing we were who were not? I am not talking about ceasing efforts at self improvement here I am talking about accepting yourself as you are now. To grow into a shiner happier version of your self you have to start with self acceptance. When you allow yourself to be yourself you encourage others around you to quit trying to fit some societal mold of perfection. There is a huge difference between loving yourself into a more evolved version of yourself and trying to force change because of self loathing. The first brings light into your life and the lives of those around you and the latter creates internal strife. Love yourself now, not when __________ happens.
2) Be where you are. We all have the experience of peering out a window at school or work just wishing we were anywhere but here. Some of us also have the experience of changing jobs, or states or even countries due to dissatisfaction with our lives. Now I am not saying travelling, change and moving are in any way bad, rather the contrary. But what I am saying is that you are where you are for a reason. Engage with the people around you. You wanna change the world? Look around you. Instead of weeping for those far away hold out a hand to someone close enough to reach it. That old maxim "bloom where you are planted" really sums it up best. You are you where ever you go and you will not be a better you simply because you are somewhere else.
There is no better you than you and there is no better place than here...Be you, Be here. Be fabulous!