Leave Your Mark On The World.
I know that you know that I know that you’ve noticed that we’re in a brand-new decade. It also happens to be the beginning of the run towards the first quarter of the 21st century.
Great, hey? Except it’s not. We are all seeing now that our institutions are not up to the task
. We all feel demotivated
by the difficulties we perceive in the world. We feel rudderless; without true leaders
. We sense that, somehow, the ‘script’ has changed and we’ve been left to fend for ourselves.
None of us truly know how. Do we take to the streets alongside Extinction Rebellion
? Do we find a demonstration to join
? Do we become the resistance
fighting against change or fighting for change depending on which perspective we’re seeing?
The problem with all of this is that none of it will pay the bills and bills tend to come up and rule our life regardless of whether we are doing the ‘right thing’ or not. Survival always monopolizes our energy and attention which means that sooner or later we shall stray from causes because we simply don’t have the extra bandwidth.
It doesn’t have to be like that however.
I’ve written about three ‘golden’ rules we could use as a guide to the future
. They also act as a moral compass to tell us what we should do. If we don’t know if a course of action is the right one to take we should always ask “how would it make me feel if I were on the receiving end?” If, we’re not sure whether something is right or wrong, we need to weigh it on how it impacts those it will affect and be able to fully explain why. And if we’re not certain about our position in the world; we should always ask “how would I like to be remembered as?”
Whether we feel it or not, the world is ours. We can only change it if our actions tally with our beliefs and our beliefs are informed by our values. Leaving our mark upon it needn’t be big. We all affect each other in small ways. Collectively those ways become public sentiment and global perception. They power movements and change cultures. But they all start small. Be that small change. Daily.