So what now?
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been posing that question to myself… What now?
As we creep back out into the world after this very strange time, where do we pick up and what is the task ahead? And what is in store for those of us who are still here on our planet while so many have left?
A few weeks ago, one of my personal commitments was to run a workshop on finding our mission (which, incidentally, I will be repeating at some point), so that topic has been a constant refrain for me over this last little while. And what came to me, is that the mission of us all is to play an active role in building a new world with new ideals, new expectations and new levels of respect, equality, justice and loving-kindness.
Then just now, I read this quote from the legendary Leo Tolstoy…
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
I don’t think it’s accurate to say that no one thinks of changing him or herself, but most of us could still do more. We need to remember that changing oneself is an on-going process rather than a one-time spring- clean of our morals and standards. We need to commit to a daily review of ourselves and our behaviour; take a good look at what we feel, in our integrity, that we could still change in order to become a better version of ourselves. To examine what each of us could do now to play a more dynamic role in rebuilding this world. Not to recreate a situation we had allowed to develop before… not a place where so many people are denied their basic human rights of being born free and equal; to have their dignity respected; to have personal security and liberty and life regardless of colour, race, creed, age, gender or political persuasion. To create a world where we can ensure that no one be submitted to slavery, torture or degradation; where everyone – including the most powerful among us – be seen as equal before the law without discrimination. Where everyone will have food, water and sanitation and access to education and employment and to know the warmth of love and human relationship. I could go one – but I’m sure you can fill in the blanks.
So, this is my mission now. What about yours?
Each of us is a powerful amazing spiritual being with the courage to be here living a human life. Each of us has unique qualities and gifts. Some are born seemingly without human rights in order to remind us all of our responsibility as an interdependent human being to care for each other. Each of us can offer something, and probably more than we are offering now. Even smiles, respect, a kind word or gesture can go a long way… So, let’s clean up our act, polish up our personality, hone our gifts and be ready to make our mark strong and clear. Let us co-create a new world and make it work better than ever before – for ALL of us.