09 August, 2012
Circles That Can Change The World
This morning I was quickly reading a newspaper column by Sandra Parsons. She's not really my cup of tea but she made a throw away comment that got my own thinking back on track.
Sandra wrote how she was at her local Tube station and saw that, "... someone had thoughtfully left, propped on the ticket machine, one of the all-zones travel cards - worth £19.60 [about $27]." A random kindness in other words.
She went on to say, "It was yet another example of the goodwill that's enveloped not just London, but the country [because of the Olympics]."
She then spoilt it a bit by adding a negative slant, "I know it won't last. But wouldn't it be wonderful if it did?"
Goodwill and kindness doesn't have to end. It's up to us as individuals to make sure it doesn't. The Dalai Lama wrote, okay on a different theme but it applies to anything that is 'good':
"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 everything starts with us - ourselves.
If we want a kind world it's up to us to do something about it. It's those Circles of Goodness I have mentioned before.
If we want good manners, politeness, peace, goodwill, laughter, happiness, love and so on and so on in our world, it starts with us as individuals - in the middle of a circle emanating the quality we wish to convey.
Theses circles will gradually grow to envelop our family, friends, neighbourhood, town, county, country, continent, world.
Sounds fanciful, but little old us, can help change the world - if we start with ourselves.
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