My previous post How much of a meliorist are you? attracted many comments and much lively discussion, including comparisons of seemingly pessimistic or optimistic views of the future and the validity of each.
This discussion surprised me as my intention in writing the post was not to delve into the damage that we humans have wreaked upon the world, but simply to express my belief that we humans, should we desire to do so, have the power to improve the world. We may not be able to change everything we would like to see changed, but we can make a start within our own circle of influence.
Or, in the words of Michael Jackson, one can “Look in the mirror and make a change!”
My chosen avenue for making a difference is education; through maintaining my own interest in learning, through attempts to keep alive a love of learning and a curiosity about our world and others, and through improving learning opportunities for others throughout their lives beginning at birth (or earlier!).
The contribution each of us makes is unique and reflects our own values and life choices. I am grateful to others who help me grow in my understanding of what motivates and drives us, what excites our imaginations and stimulates our curiosity, and what propels us towards choices for improving our individual and combined futures.
Among those who encourage my learning and stretch my thinking are you, my wonderful readers, who selflessly contribute thoughts and ideas to extend my understanding. To you all, my teachers, I express my great gratitude.
While I may often fall short of the mark and need to make frequent reminders to myself, these are just a few ways I try to make my little spot in the world a better place:
Being friendly towards those I engage with throughout the day
Being kind, sometimes randomly and anonymously without requiring thanks
Listening attentively, to understand and without interrupting or interjecting
Accepting graciously and without whingeing and whining
Finding humour in situations which enable me to laugh, especially at myself
Changing behaviours to reduce my impact on the environment
Seeking ways to ease the burdens of others
Accepting and encouraging others to be themselves
Recognising and accepting my ‘mistakes’ and shortcomings, and those of others
What about you? What do you do to make your little spot in the world a better place? Please share your ideas so we can all learn from your example.
At times in my life I have been told that I take life too seriously. At other times I have been told that I don’t take it seriously enough. I think life should be about enjoyment and fun, so I’m going to turn the seriousness of this post on its head and leave you with another quote, this time by A.H. Weiler:
“Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.”
I welcome your feedback. Please share your thoughts and ideas about any aspect of this post, whether you agree with me or not!