Be Well Be Happy

Imagine a world in peace. Imagine a world with kindness abounding. Imagine a world where people respect each other to the nth degree. Imagine a world where there is no overpowering by anyone over anyone for personal enjoyment or for political gain.  Imagine a world where right is right and wrong is wrong. 

I think every one would agree that the world outlined above would be absolutely, positively great. In this day, we have to imagine and become ambassadors for these very basic, fundamental qualities of life, and affect everyone around us to do the same.  The discord is so disheartening - we really must focus on harmony and create the intentions and make efforts to be the positive force that could change the world. One person at a time. 

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

From this is where “be the change you wish to see in the world” came from, and it is very powerful. Can we really change the world? This brings to mind the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who answer the question: “absolutely!” Just thinking about being joyful, positive, compassionate uplifts our spirits. With so much anger, fear, despair, pain in the world today, we can succumb to the state of affairs in sadness or we can rise up into joy. One way to become joyful is to bring joy to others.  Seems to be a win-win!

Stresses such as financial insecurity, sickness, disparity, loss of loved ones, take a toll, and I try to remind myself that I can create my own inner life—the way I feel, approach life and care for others. To a certain extent, we create our own external lives too—and sometimes just the busyness of it, makes it not enjoyable. But we sign up for certain things, creating our lives—albeit sometimes not by choice—and we have the choice to do everything with joy. 

Example: you got out of work late, have to shop and make dinner for your family. You have limited time. You can race around the store with a grimace, not even acknowledging anyone around you, or you can race around the store with a joyful expression, acknowledging people. It is the same amount of time. It is just how you spend it: with joy or not. Changing our inner landscape as Gandhi says in the quote above, and sharing that joy with others will change your world. And lightening up to joy on a big scale will change the world. Imagine.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Mother Teresa

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.


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