Your actions do count
Some men think of things that are, and say 'why?' - I dream of things that never were, and say 'why not?' George Bernard Shaw
The future of humanity does not lie totally in the hands of the politicians, it lies in our hands too.
Courage and Enthusiasm
In these times of continued world conflicts, it is difficult to remain unconcerned about the future, and it is all too easy to allow this to swamp our natural optimism.
The more this gloom spreads, the heavier life will get for us all, and yet we - as humanity - have a wonderful, unrecognised "gift", and that is the ability to change things, for we affect others by our mood.
People around us are affected by our attitude. If we think fear, we talk fear, and those around us catch the mood, and think fear also. It is no use pretending that our thoughts don't affect others, because they do, and we only have to look at how we respond to the media to realise that this is true.
So do we really feel the world is as bad and as frightening as we are led to believe and, if so, are we going to try to do something about it, or are we happy to bury our heads in the sand and convince ourselves that it is all pointless anyway?
Well, we do have the power to do something valuable as individuals, and that is to use this "gift" in a much more productive way - all we need is to believe that we have this power, and then find the Will to to put it into practice.
By doing so, we can find ourselves becoming more energised; more able to confront the reality of world conflicts, and hopefully re-awaken our inner courage and enthusiasm to protect ourselves emotionally from outside negative influences.
Both these things are essential for a happy life, for if we don't find the courage, we will always be running away from our fears, and if we don't have the enthusiasm, we will never find the energy to make the most of the opportunities of life.
War is a terrible thing, and more often than not brought about by the greed and ignorance of those unable to see a world beyond their own weakness and insecurity.
Perhaps they should be pitied rather than blamed?
The terror instilled by tanks and guns is very real, but if we bother to look a little closer, we would surely realise that treachery and heroism walk hand in hand, and are only separated by the side of the battle we choose to support?
So where does that leave us?
Well, big wars are born from little wars, and these little wars reside within ourselves - in our anger, our jealousy, our resentments, and above all in our peculiar ability to lay blame on anyone but the real culprit - our personal fear.
And unless each of us seriously tries to let go our grievances, and replace them with the feeling of COURAGE and ENTHUSIASM to confront the hazards of our everyday life, the world will continue to be ravaged by pain.
As individuals we can do a lot to change the negative affects around us, just by trying to be more tolerant and objective in our day to day circumstance. Each one of us is quite capable of turning adversity into personal achievement, of we really want to.
It doesn't hurt to love more and dislike less and, as time goes on, you will be amazed to see what a good affect this has on yourself and those around you. Moods are infectious, and these feelings will spread, like ripples on a pond, into other people's lives.
There are many who believe that the world is going through a very complex and difficult transition. The challenge is to transform from material obsession to more spiritual values.
The Age of Aquarius is about Enlightenment - The waking up of humanity to a higher self, and bringing about soul consciousness upon earth. If we are ever to achieve this, then we must start taking greater responsibility for our happiness, and believing in the power - we all have within us - to change things for the better.
When individuals work together with one objective and one thought, many wonderful things can happen, and the more this message spreads, the greater the chance of finding peace, not only in our own lives, but in the rest of the world.
To some, of course, this will seem like airy fairy nonsense but, as little else has worked so far, it may be worth a try?
a country is in harmony with the Tao,
When a country goes counter to the Tao,
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