As the world grows closer through the aid of technology, it also grows more overwhelming. We are bombarded every day with news stories of more human and environmental tragedies. Sometimes these ignite a passion in us to help and we offer our unique gifts to the world in hopes of making it a better place. Other times, we want to hide and pretend that it’s not happening. In the same vein of turning a blind eye, we often feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness and choose to focus on our own material gains without regard for the rest of the world because the alternative is too damn hard.
So what do we do? Where do we begin? Do we save the whales? Should we donate to a disaster relief society? Should we physically place ourselves in the epicenters of suffering and do what we can to help?
I propose that we start here. Just in this moment, just in this breath. We start in our own hearts. We are shaped and moulded by an infinite constellation of genetics, family and society, and it can be really challenging to sort through it all to realize who we are and what matters to us. But we have to. We must take on the automatic responses we have to our world and examine them for their authenticity. We must look at our own lives and become truly discerning for what is enriching and what is merely a distraction taking up space and time. We must learn to choose love over “being right”. We must open ourselves up to the possibility of another way of being instead of running over the well worn tracks of isolation and fear.
We are good. To our cores, human beings are good. We see love and potential in our world, but sometimes it gets away from us. We need to see our own innate value because once we have, it’s impossible not to see it in others. And if we value ourselves and others as the unique and beautiful treasures that we are, we would surrender all the lies and the distractions. We would value whatever precious time we have here and fill it with love without worry of being taken advantage of or used. The scramble to the top would come to a halt because we would no longer see the use in holding others down to push ourselves up.
Save the world by the saving the precious gift that is our true natures.