Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I know there are times when we may all feel disconnected from the world. When our actions seem like they are of no major consequence, and we feel like we exist in our own vacuum. I felt this way myself a lot of times and simply want to shut myself off from everything and everybody. But, the truth of the matter is that our simplest thoughts or actions - the decisions we make each day, and how we see and relate to the world are incredibly significant and have a profound impact on the lives of those around us, as well as the world at large. Think about it. Yes, we all have our own faiths and beliefs as our corner stone of support but we must also remember to think of the earth and everything on it as being bound by God's invisible connection between people, animals, plants, the air, the water, and the soil. Therefore any and all as insignificant as we think our actions are, whether positive or negative, have an impact on people and the environment that seem entirely separate from our personal realm of existence. So, staying conscious of the interconnection between all things can help us think of our choices and our lives in terms of the broader effect we may be creating.
Think of buying a wooden stool. The wood was once part of a tree which is part of the creator's forest. A person was paid to fell the tree, another to cut the wood, and yet another to build the stool. Their income may have had a positive effect on their families, just as the loss of the tree may have had a negative impact on the forest or the animals that made that tree their home. So, likewise, an encouraging word to another can influence their choices so that with consistency, commitment support motivation from others they can change their lives for the better. Even a small but meaningful word written "merely" to express oneself can make a stranger reading it online from thousands of miles away feel less alone because there is someone else out there who feels exactly the way they do.