A Friday thought

The riots across the UK this last week have got me musing over the way the world is going. You see, I’m a big believer in collective energy – what we put into the world contributes to a much bigger picture, and determines what we get out of it. The last few days I have to admit I’ve been somewhat depressed about the state of the planet. Between natural disasters, spontaneous killing sprees, oppressed nations and now complete lawlessness, I’ve started to feel like the world is coming to an end.

So today I stopped wallowing, and I had a real think about what I’VE been putting into the world this week. Well, to be honest, I’ve been giving off an air of despondency. I’ve been despairing at current events and adding to the atmosphere of doom, gloom and numb disbelief that any of this has been happening.

And I realised, this really isn’t good enough. Mahatma Gandhi said “be the change you want to see in the world.” So I thought I’d share this with you, a few little rules I’m going to set myself to do my bit to put some happiness back into this wounded country. I may well lapse on these, but, with the best of intentions, here is how I’d like to live my life:

1. I’d like to smile more. Even at strangers. Even if I look a bit weird. Because people don’t smile enough – and I realised when somebody smiled at me on the train the other day that it feels nice to be acknowledged in a pleasant way by a stranger. It’s infectious and makes you want to smile at the next person you see. So even though I might look a bit like Wednesday Addams forcing a creepy grin, I’m going to do it. Because it’s just a nice thing to do.

2. I’d like to look out for others. Too often we see someone, whether a stranger or not, in distress but we dismiss it as “not our problem”. Now, I’m well aware that we can’t take on the problems of others as our own, nor can we fix people who don’t want to be helped. But we can try to do a little something to help, even if it’s just a kind word or a sympathetic ear.

3. I’d like  to do something each day that makes me happy – because if I’m happy I’m much more useful to everyone around me. And I’m putting a much nicer energy into the world than when I’m miserable. So whether it’s writing a blog, playing the piano, crafting, decorating, baking or doing something completely random like fruit picking or clay painting, life’s too short not to treat myself.

4. I’d like to do nice things for people just because. Bringing cupcakes into work or leaving a magazine I’ve paid for on a train seat for the next person to find might just make a difference to someone’s day. It might not, but if there’s a chance it will, it’s worth doing.

5. Singing is the most powerfully positive thing you can do. So I’m going to sing more. Loudly. Like nobody’s watching.

So that’s it folks – yes, it’s a cheese fest, but maybe that’s what we all need. Leave me some comments and let me know how you like to make the world a happier place.

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