Thursday, June 16

Circles Of Goodness Can Change The World

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On Blogger, where this 67 Not Out is hosted, they now produce a set of basic statistics. I don't normally look at these, as I use other trackers, but today I did so.

I saw that the most viewed post on this blog, Married Couple In The Same Photo As Children, has had 1,143,744 views - that's in 11 months (exactly 11 months by coincidence). Seeing it like this got me thinking.

I mentioned this to someone and they said, "Just think if you'd have had one dollar, pound or euro from each view." It's interesting how a lot of peoples' first thoughts are money.

I thought a bit differently and imagined that if each of these 1.1 million people had all done something worthwhile after reading the post, what a difference it would have made.

If each person had maybe helped someone they wouldn't normally have helped. Perhaps made a friend of the cantankerous old man nearby they usually ignored, or took a tray of homemade cakes to a Nursing Home and so on and so on.

But, of course, those million plus people didn't do this - but this did remind me of another post I published The Simple Secret Of The Way To World Peace. In this I mentioned a quote of the 14th Dalai Lama. This is what he said:

"The question of real, lasting world peace concerns human beings, so basic human feelings are also at its roots. Through inner peace, genuine world peace can be achieved.

In this the importance of individual responsibility is quite clear; an atmosphere of peace must first be created within ourselves, then gradually expanded to include our families, our communities, and ultimately the whole planet."

In other words we can all start to change the world - and not just for peace.

We could take any 'good' quality and start a small 'Center of Goodness'. Let's go the John Lennon route and say 'love'.

With us as individuals at the center of our circle we start to love ourselves, appreciate our good points but importantly love our imperfections as well, whether these be physical, mental or spiritual.

Interlocking circlesIn time we then increase the radius of our circle to include loving our family and close friends - loving them completely without any reservations. Then increasing or expanding the circle to cover our neighbourhood, then our town, county or state, country, continent, earth and infinity.

Our individual circles would gradually overlap each other and our circle of influence, as the business world likes to call it, would spread and spread ... and love, peace, goodness would circle the world.

But it all starts with us as individuals doing our bit ... maybe starting right now.

As John Lennon sang:

"You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one."

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  1. It certainly does start with each of us.

  2. Wow! Mike fantastic post...very inspirational...would you mind if I link you today to the few that visit my site...I think this is something that would be wonderful spread into the sea of people out here in blogland...of which I already feel are making a difference in the world. You are a perfect example of that!
    The symbol you have that of a necklace I have and wear everyday. I'll have to add it to my post today. I real synchro for me.
    John Lennon was so before his time...and I guess I'll always believe he was intentional taken away from us because of his message. But then that's a whole other post.
    Thanks for your inspiration....wishing you peace and love.

  3. Fantastic post, Mike. I'd like to link as well. Let's get this started, right??

    Lennon was a visionary.

  4. karena and Trish: Please link any way you want - thanks! It would be so great if this simple message would spread.

    Thanks also so much, Neva, for Stumbling this on Stumbleupon.

  5. karena - The image: It's something I came across which is in the Public Domain and I felt it was suitable for the post. So it's a necklace, a nice synchro!

  6. nicely explained mike it would be great if we all did this

  7. Re;
    "Perhaps made a friend of the cantankerous old man nearby they usually ignored..."
    I like that idea.I could use a few more friends.-)

    Nice post,Mike.