Children of many different cultures hold hands and form friendships. World leaders shake hands and lay old quarrels to rest. Healing is brought to broken lives and shattered families. The inner city slums are cleaned up and restored. There are no addictions. The earth is clean; there is no smog; there are no oil spills. The world lives in peace and balance.
I can’t be the only one who longs for this…this heaven on earth. But where does it start? How do we begin this journey?
…it starts with you. Well, not just you. Me. My friends. Your friends. The change has to begin in our own hearts. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Admit it, there is a certain person (or group of people) who annoys the heck out of you. He or she is bothersome, ignorant, etc. etc. etc. Believe me, I get what that’s like. But today, I discovered a new way of looking at these people. As they walk by, take a look in their eyes. What are their stories? What is their pain? Everybody has it. I have it. You have it. They have it. When you look at them this way, they might not seem so horrible anymore.
In short, it starts with you, and more specifically, how you look at people. How can we begin to change the world when we harbor hate in our hearts?
Take it down to a small scale now. Imagine a world where you look on everyone with kindness.
That’s where the path must begin.