“Be the change that you would like to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

Many of us close our eyes and say a prayer of how we would like our world to be. A prayer for love and light to illuminate the darkness that has introduced itself in many of our lives and our planet. A prayer for the things we would like for ourselves. A prayer for what we would like for others. Many of us PRAY, but do not DO.
If we would like our world to be peaceful, be peace. Make peace with the people you have found yourself at odds with. Make peace with whatever resistance there is that is keeping you from welcoming peace of mind. Make peace with your imperfections and those of others.
If we would like to see more kindness in the world, be kind. Smile at a stranger. Pay for someone’s meal. Volunteer. Give someone a hug. Feed the homeless. Offer your time to someone who needs help. Give flowers.
If you would like our world to be more tolerant, be tolerant. Respect the differences you have with others. Do not judge. Do not reject what you know nothing about. Learn from those that are not like you. Be understanding of how others choose to love and live.
If you would like more light in the world, be a light. Be an illuminating force in darkness. Be the positivity in the negativity. Be the silver lining. Be the calm after the storm. Be the breeze in the overwhelming heat of anguish. 
If you would like to see a change in the world, be the change. We lead by example. Be that example. Before you know it, that light of yours will provide others with the spark they need to illuminate their darkness as well.

“Remember, When You Point a Finger at Someone, There Are Three More Pointing Back at You” – Unknown

Written for and published in The Seeds 4 Life:

How easy it is for us to point at each other and criticize one another’s shortcomings, flaws, and wrong doings? How easy it is for us to point at each other and blame one another for our hurts and disappointments?

While we are blaming and criticizing others, we are forgetting one important fact: when we point the finger at someone, three of them are pointed right back at us.  They point back at us to remind us that regardless of who or what we may feel is responsible for our current state and situation, ultimately, the responsibility is ours. We have three times more control than the one we point our finger to. We also have three times more responsibility than the one we point our finger to.

They also point back at us to remind us, the imperfections we point out in others are also in us. When we are pointing at another’s shortcoming’s and flaws, we are only defining ourselves as intolerant and judgmental. Those three fingers pointed back at us reminds us to self-reflect and recognize, and accept our imperfections and shortcomings instead of pointing them out in another.

When we point our finger at the world, we give up control of where and what we are. This shifts responsibilities for our actions and reactions to others, when in fact, it is ours. We are responsible for our actions, as well as our consequences.  We can either be slaves to the belief the world is to blame or we can recognize we are powerful beings in this world, capable of creating love and positive change.

As Mahatma Gandhi once encouraged, “BE THE CHANGE.” This does not begin by pointing the finger, it begins by paying attention to the three pointed back at ourselves.