Violence came to visit my home. And I see it in the riots in Greece and Vancouver. The out of control beating up of people because someone is feeling "dissed". The flash mob robberies of stores.

People feel that other people are taking something from them, so they feel entilted to take and destroy.

And this comes out in little ways – pushing/cutting in a line, not listening with eyes of disdain at someone from a different political party, raging at a slow driver ahead of your car.

"Self importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it – what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone."

Carlos Castaneda

It’s time to stop allowing ourselves to be pitted against one another.

Free Hugs

We need to be a society of creators and helpers, not a society consumed with buying, gossip and entertainment.

What could you create if you turned off the TV for the night? Who could you help, if you got off the computer? Who could you build up and mentor if you had one less shopping trip a week?

Who do you want to be in this world? A negative, energy drainer? Or one that brings light and love to others?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It’s not so much what we do, but who we are doing it. And I need to intentionally choose who I want to be.

It’s not someone else’s problem. It’s our problem. Which means we are the solution.

***

Photo by: Grzegorz Łobiński

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • RSS
  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
  • LinkedIn
  • PDF
  • Tumblr

1 comment

  • M

    I was just thinking about this and how it applies to my life as a verse at church yesterday was “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” – the Apostle Paul

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>