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The truth about healing the world....
November 13, 2016
I read a frustrated blog post recently from someone I love and respect. The author expressed her concern for our world and all it's problems. She shared how, on the one hand, she is disillusioned by all the fear, pollution, excess, and pain in the world.
On the other hand, she desired so passionately to help create change. She struggles with the questions of not only how, but where to begin. She has grown frustrated with the seeming impossibility of it all.
When viewed from this broad lens, the world is a giant, complicated place. Filled with people who are angry, entitled, desperate, stubborn, or even dangerous. Creating large scale change is a monumental task. Maybe even impossible, right?
But what if there is another lens to look through? Let me tell you a little story:
My Dad was sitting one morning at a local diner with a dear friend who was feeling exactly the same grim frustration about the state of our world and the people in it. Between forkfuls of omelette, he worked himself into quite a good rant about how "People are too much this" or "People are not enough that".
Dad listened patiently, saying nothing. When his friend finally concluded with a "world on his shoulders" sigh, Dad paused. Then, in a quiet voice, he said "Take a look around you."
Distractedly, his friend replied, "Why?"
"Just LOOK." he said. "Take an honest look at each of the people sitting here, eating their breakfast. What do you see? I don't see a single angry face. I bet every person in her would smile back at you. I'm willing to bet most of them would offer help right now if you needed them. These people are your town, your zip code, YOUR world. They may not be perfect. They may not always agree. But MOST OF THEM ARE GOOD, LOVING, DECENT PEOPLE."
As his friend lowered his fork, looking around and nodding wordlessly, my Dad concluded simply, "People in this world are only as bad as you believe they are. It is all in your perspective."
We may not have control of the big picture. We may not know all the answers to change the world.
Remember to look around you. What if you found a way to create even a small amount of joy in the life of one person? Imagine the world if we ALL did?