When you turn on the news, how do you feel?
When you think about how a human being can do something so barbaric, how does that make you feel?
When you hop on your social media and read people’s comments, what feeling does that create?
When you hear stories about the kindness, generosity, and heroic sacrifices of others, what do you feel?
Which of those feelings do you want to feel more of?
Is this going to be a blog post with only questions?
Allow me to answer that with a question: with so many people offering the same right/wrong, black/white, conservative/liberal opinions, wouldn’t it be nice to hear something different?
How can we bring more feelings of inspiration, love, abundance, joy, compassion, and meaning into the world?
What if each of us set out on our days to spread these feelings to others? What if we refocus our perspective of work, success, and life itself onto making the ultimate goal the spreading of those feelings?
What if, every day, we focused on bettering ourselves rather than being better than others?
What if, no matter the ideologies, opinions, and actions of others, we still responded with compassion and love?
How would your personal relationships be different?
Would your professional relationships become more personal?
What if we spent more time educating our children on kindness, working together, and understanding those different than us?
What if we were to measure our success by the number of people we serve?
What if we smiled more at strangers?
What if we accepted the imperfections of our humanity and laughed more at ourselves?
What if we looked at our differences in thought, belief, and action as opportunities to understand more about each other?
Would this make it easier to work together?
How could our different perspectives be combined to make the world a better place?
How would the world be different if we focused on solutions instead of the severity of problems?
If, every day, most people felt love, joy, compassion, abundance, inspiration and meaning, do you think they would want to inflict harm unto others verbally, emotionally, or physically?
What does that world look like?
How does that make you feel?
How can you share this feeling with everyone around you?
Can darkness exist where there is light?
Can fear, anger, bigotry, and hatred exist where there is love, compassion, understanding, and joy?
Does pointing out the faults of others show them how to grow?
Is fighting anger, hatred, and fear with anger, hatred and fear creating less anger, hatred, and fear?
What feelings does every human being strive for?
This keeps happening because we keep responding the same way. This has nothing to do with politics, being right or wrong, or even guns; it’s much more basic than all of these things. This has everything to do with being a human being, and the most human feelings we can feel are love, joy, compassion, understanding, freedom, kindness, and a desire to grow.
So what can you do to create those feelings within yourself?
What can you do, starting now, to inspire those feelings within others?
Start now. Share with others.
Let’s change the narrative and make the world and the people in it better together.