How have we come to this? People are busy communicating on various sites, but have nothing to say, well nothing of substance it would seem. Is life so mundane? "I am getting ready to sleep or going to take a shower, ad nausea ..." Really! Why should I care?
This is after all, I am told, a democracy, so people have the right and they certainly have space and access to the technology to share with their friends and colleagues, but I can't help but hope, with the world in such need, that more people would take the time to share meaning, to share truly of themselves, to self-reflect, to expand the dialogue that is needed on so many issues. These are such challenging times, but also hopeful times to re-look at who we are and have been in the world, and who we are possible of becoming.
There is value in being quiet and observing if one has no idea what is going on, and one wants to become inform. What has allowed for this general acceptance of banality, drab, garbage as communication? It is very evident that people are lonely and want to reach out, but have some lost the ability to communicate , to add grace to life, to engage in meaningful dialogue?
I invite those people who have nothing meaningful to offer, to sit on a night like this, look out their window, try to see the stars in the sky or contemplate the night. Begin a dialogue about the growing homeless people in our city and throughout the world, the privatization of water, lack of funds for education, the quality of our air, the need for people to connect and have meaningful and wholesome relationships, the value of words, what's lacking of missing in your life, or the many questions that go unanswered.
The world needs us to be mindful and thoughtful. The world needs us to be involved and help to make a difference, wherever we can and however we can. The world needs us to be present to ourselves and others. The world needs us to respect and love one another. Most of all, I will affirm, the world needs us to care, to know what matters and actively participate in preserving it for the next seven generations in keeping with prudent value of the Hopi people.
Let us connect, one heart to one heart, and be thankful for our breath.
Add meaning to everything you see, do and say. Be present to and in the world. Be the difference.
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