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.
In 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.
"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."