This article suggests kindness and respect as a standard practice to make the world a better place. I talk about some of the steps I’m taking and how I’m looking for other ways to promote a legacy of love.
“As time goes on, I realize, just what you mean, to me.” That is the start of the 1970 song “Colour My World” by Chicago. It was a slow love song, but the words still have meaning today. It was intended as a romantic ballad, but to me, can apply in a different sense.
As my years tick by, the “you” in that song could mean the world itself and the roughly 7.7 billion people alive on it today. I have come to believe that the legacy we leave behind must be one of hope and positivity.
Why do we need positivity?
Our Western civilization seems locked in a struggle between progressive enlightenment and a state of fear and exclusion. If we keep on our current track, we will destroy our planet and one another with toxic negativity! Inclusion must win over exclusion. Progress must win over resistance. Love must win over hate.
How do we become more positive?
Well, I’m working on a list!
- Be considerate of others.
- Live by the “Golden Rule” by treating others the way you want to be treated.
- Keep an attitude of gratitude.
- Respect and preserve nature (take only memories, leave only footprints).
- Do something helpful for someone who can’t repay you. Maybe even doesn’t know it was you.
- Be accepting of other cultures and viewpoints.
- Be happy for the success of others.
- Admit we are not perfect and accept our short-comings.
- Be tolerant of others.
- Practice compassion and empathy.
- Preserve all life.
- Keep an open mind.
- Live with hope and love rather than fear and rejection.
- Find joy in the small things.
- See and appreciate the beauty all around us.
Yes, that is a large list and some items overlap. I am personally working on all these. Sometimes I don’t measure up to the ideals represented by these simple statements, but the journey continues.
How to actually make a difference?
I start with the little things:
- Pass on a smile and a friendly greeting.
- Be conscious of those around me and be considerate of their viewpoint.
- Think before speaking.
- Try not to judge.
- Let others in line before me.
- Stop and help people in need.
- Slow down and smell the roses.
- Work on living a life of presence (as explained by Eckart Tolle).
- Promote acceptance of progressive change.
- Embrace other cultures and lifestyles.
- Eat consciously and exercise regularly.
- Get out and enjoy nature.
Then on to larger steps:
- Write blog posts with the specific goal of helping others.
- Create entertaining and fun artistic content to make people smile.
- Pay for the person behind me at a drive-thru (occasionally).
- Volunteer (still struggling with this since I travel so much).
- Donate to trusted environmental groups to help preserve nature.
- Creating Fin Buddies carved characters as ambassadors of good will.
- Creating FinStik walking sticks to promote kindness and respect.
I’m striving to combine my interests and hobbies with a need to spread kindness. My journey continues and is clearly a progression. I would love constructive feedback on how to do more. I also challenge you to find ways to start your own initiative! I’m happy to share anything I’ve learned along the way.
“Together, we can make the world a better place.” Isn’t that a cliche we’ve heard a thousand times? Still, we need to collectively get to it. Not just to make the world a better place, but to have the planet and us survive!