How To Save The World

It doesn’t matter if you want to or not; save the world that is. We all have the power to do it. Or, maybe I have been taking my yogi tea fortunes too seriously (the most recent tag on my Egyptian Licorice tea read: “you are unlimited.”) I’ve been thinking about this idea because, frankly, I think many people are doing it without realizing it. I’ll share with you a quote that has captured a little bit about what I am getting at:

­“We don’t set out to save the world, we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts”

(From: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach).

Isn’t this the most important thing of all? How we affect the people around us. How do you affect the people who enter your life? And how do the people you let in affect you? This figurative “world” that we are trying to save is no more important than the people we share it with and the intent that we bring to those people. I also tend to think that each of us makes a bigger impact than we realize in our sphere of influence and that this is our world to save. So, without further ado…

How to Save the World

Step 1: Love other people and show it. The people that you care about should know you care- in gestures, words, hugs, a written note or text message, it doesn’t really matter what the vessel is, the intent and the feeling are truly what count. Also, I think this is a practice. The more you do it, the better you get at it. If you take a break then I think you get a little bit rusty.

Step 2: Invite somebody into a shared experience. Whether it is taking a class together or finding common hobbies, I think there is real value creating opportunities for belonging. In my experience, the feeling of belonging fostered from such interactions is very rewarding. There is a sense of being a part of something bigger than your self that is oh so satisfying.

Step 3: Find a vocation that contributes to society. I really mean it. It doesn’t matter what the title of your job is; does your work that you do every day make people’s lives easier? Does it support our stewardship of this earth? Does it make you feel good?

Step 4: Spend time taking care of yourself. The healthier, happier, and more engaged you are in every day life, the better the people around you feel. The time that you spend on your own well being is like an investment with compounding interest for everyone.

Step 5: Start today.

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