March 2, 2015

What The World Needs Now...






Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. - Plato

I've been blogging my brains out now for a tinge over a year and a most curious thing has happened recently. I've seen an exponential surge in my blog traffic, comments left, and conversations being started. Why? There can only be one answer. The topics of my recent blog posts, in one aspect or another, have touched on the topic of LOVE.

I don't believe in accidents or co-incidents so it's obvious that love is a theme that hits a universal nerve and sparks interest. It hasn't mattered one wit whether the topic is romantic love, a touching love story, or the need for more love for our fellow beings. They all command attention.

Recently, if you follow my blog, you'll know I was involved in project called #1000Speak where I joined with other bloggers from around the world to send out a call and highlight the need for compassion.  The number of times that post was read far outnumbered even my most popular posts by a HUGE margin! What's the message here?

It seems pretty clear that we're living in an era that is crying for compassion. Our world is changing - drastically. Social "media" is replacing social interaction and while it's bringing us closer together in many ways, it's also insulating us from "real" life. 

We can paint a pretty picture and post our most effervescent smiles while dying on the inside and no one is the wiser. Our families can be fall apart, our health fail, and our demons be dancing around the campfire of our minds completely without notice as we hide behind our facades. 

With our best foot perpetually forward, we get to pretend we live the lives we write about and garner the envy of our friends with retouched photos taken on our thinnest days and make believe we look anything like them - BUT TO WHAT END?

Even when the occasional person does post of trials and tribulations, we're off the hook quickly by clicking "like" or posting a quick "hope it gets better soon" and can go on with our lives basking in the warm glow - almost as though we've actually done something!

Meanwhile, our world is starving for love! Children are starving for their parents' attention as their parents are starving to be noticed, "liked", or "followed" by complete strangers. We monitor our social media score hoping it will be enough to fill the abyss of lack we feel from other sources - real sources.

We need to wake up and see that we're being led away from the central theme here. We aren't all separate from one another. We're all connected in a daily-growing-broader disconnect.

We need each other. The real each others - not the counterfeit each others that hide behind shiny screens and forced smiles.

We need to FEEL something, and have our somethings felt as well. 

We see our world falling prey to extremists who draw away our disenchanted children to help them act out their hate and wonder why. We scratch our heads and ponder how to defeat this growing evil and come up empty along with the politicians we task with the responsibility for handling it for us. 

This is not a war that will be won on any battlefield. It won't be the guns, the bombs, or the well planned strategies. Fire isn't really fought with fire - it's fought with water and hate cannot be defeated by throwing gas on the blaze.

This war will only be won in the hearts and souls of the ones who lit the match and tossed it on the tinder - US.


To stamp out hate in our world we must first stamp it out in our own hearts. We must give up judgement for understanding. We must refuse to remain ignorant to the trials of those around us. We have to open our eyes and see the truth that surrounds us - the beauty and ugliness of it.


We must find it in ourselves to begin with kindness, seek first to understand before demanding to be understood, and listen before we decide.


It is within each of us to change this. We can all start today to make small changes. We can make it a point to be present with those who are really present.


We can look up - away from screens - and actually see the faces of the people that surround us. Look into their eyes. That's where their stories are written - and we can only read them if we're willing to see them. 


We can begin to appreciate those around us who perform services for us - the check out people who stand on their feet all day so we can take our food home. The teachers who devote countless unpaid hours for the benefit of our children.


There are empty souls all around us that we can fill with gratitude, appreciation and compassion. The power to care is inside each of us. Let's not let it die, withered and unpicked on the vine. 


I can't express how deeply and passionately I believe that instead of looking for the answers, it is laid upon each of us to become the answers.


If we're to change the direction our world is headed, this is our best hope. No. Our only hope.


How will we respond? Might I suggest that we start today, in the very places where we are,
to reconnect with our humanity? I want to publish your experiences here to encourage a wave that will fill the earth.

Who's with me?

14 comments:

  1. Beautifully stated! So glad that you are a part of our movement!

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    1. Thank you Roshni. It needs desperately to be everyone's movement. I think #1000Speak is a great start and I hope it spreads like wildfire.

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  2. So glad you're part of 1000Speak, Anita. Good to meet you and have you on board! I am looking forward to reading more here and getting to know you better. :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa. I feel lucky to have stumbled across #1000Speak by accident. It's reawakened a passion inside me - a mission that I'd been trying to find for quite awhile. My efforts may not change the world, but they're already changing me and that will change everything I touch.

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  3. Count me in - just know I'm liable throw in an irreverent quip now and then! --> myirrefutableopinion.blogspot.com

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  4. I so get that need to look away from screens. We tune so much out when we need to be tuning in.

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    1. It's kind of funny when people run into things while staring at their screens, but it breaks my heart to watch children watching their parents watch their screens while out for a "family" dinner. Hard habit to break too I'm afraid. Thanks for visiting Jeri.

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  5. Nicely stated. I wrote recently about the need for more empathy. So, I'm with you!

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    1. Thanks Keisha. If we just keep talking about it maybe it will spread. It's so easy to forget when it's not in front of us enough.

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  6. Hi Anita! Gorgeous post!
    I love your contrast between social media and social interaction. Our language tells us more about the state of things than we realize!
    I'm intrigued by your call to action: sharing experiences and creating a wave. I hope you'll tell us more soon?

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    1. I'm actually starting a whole blog just for this called Compassionate Cure. Still working to get it set up but that's exactly what I'd love to do. Share my own stories and encourage others to share their experiences about how their lives were touched by compassion and the impact it made. Compassion is a powerful force and has the capacity to do more to right the wrongs of society than any "war" we wage. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  7. Love this post. So true that we're becoming a generation that 'likes' every situation, no matter how good or how bad, and then moves on. I've never heard of the 1000Speak campaign, but it sounds as if it was good.

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    1. Thank you Shirley for your kind comment. There is actually an ongoing dialog on Facebook by the 1000 voices of compassion and I'm sure if you look it up they'll be glad to invite you in.

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