“We have the ability to change.” —the Dalai Lama
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is our home.” —Gary Snyder
When I start to feel discouraged about world events, I look for examples of people who model for me what is possible. Recently, I read, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World. This one book contains a host of stories illustrating the positive changes taking place across the globe.
We don’t often hear news about the billions of people with kind hearts, generous spirits, and loving souls who are working to make a difference in the lives of others: people who care about their families, their communities, and their neighbors across the way. We need to celebrate the numerous individuals (and organizations) acting with wisdom, ethics, and integrity to ensure the survival of our earth home.
With seven billion people on this planet, we have a collective, global community that can serve as a force for good. No single leader, political party, or ideology decides our fate. By working together, forging alliances, and learning new ways (joining heart intelligence with scientific knowledge) we begin to move forward.
Don’t discount your part in this evolving story.
When we offer kindness to a friend or a stranger, when we teach children how to care for the environment, when we seek solutions to problems, when we discover better ways of responding, when we eat healthy foods, when we plant trees in urban areas, and when we act with awareness and compassion, we bring beauty to the world.
As Gandhi says, “Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you. But it is most important that you do it.”
In joy & gratitude,
Diana J. Ensign