‘What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing, that there’s just too little of.’ – Burt Bacharach. How many of you are familiar with this song from the 1960s? It’s been playing in my head since last night. Will you join me in singing it all day long? You can listen to this newest version, Broadway For Orlando, recorded on June 15, 2016.
Gratitude Tip: This is an important time for our world. It is a time where we decide whether or not to shift towards a world full of hatred, terrorism and anger or a world filled with love, compassion and understanding. These past 30 days have been filled with tragedy after tragedy, so it would seem as though things are getting worse. That’s why a daily gratitude practice is more important than ever before. I imagine a world where everyone wakes up and simply says thank you. Thank you for this gift of another day, thank you for the opportunity to be of service to others and to make a difference. Our world would change overnight.
It may seem like we are living in a very violent time, however we are living in the most peaceful time in human history. The reason we feel like the world is crumbling around us is partly because of the way in which we are a part of every attack and tragedy thank to our connected world. Social media is now how the news is shared and since it’s shared by regular people (not just journalists) we see so much more of the negative news in real time. Imagine what how different World War II would have been if we’d had Twitter and Facebook Live? Would the atrocities have gone on for as long? Would we have stood for it as a global community? There is no answer to this question. Even with a war in our lifetime, the war in Iraq, saw 112,000 – 130,000 civilians killed in a ten year period. That’s an average of 36 innocent people every day for 10 years. Yet because we weren’t seeing in on a daily basis, it didn’t have the same impact on us. And much of the news coming from that region was filtered before it reached mainstream news outlets.
I shut down Facebook last night because my heart was breaking. And I choose today to share with you my personal strategies to help heal our global broken heart. I ask that you choose one or many of the strategies and start doing them every single day. The only way to change our collective consciousness is to shift our own personal energy.
First, we pray. It’s not important who you are praying to, it’s more about who you are praying for. I choose to pray to God and our savior Jesus Christ because of my own faith journey. I am still in the 40 Day Prayer Challenge (day 32) and drawing circles around my prayers. I pray for our world, and send love and healing across the globe. I pray for the victims, that they will be received into Heaven and rest in peace. I pray for the families left behind, that their hearts may heal, scarred as they may be, and that they choose forgiveness.
Second, we love. We make eye contact with everyone we meet and we find the love in the hearts. We hug strangers just because. We tell our kids and our partners how much we love them. We smile as much as we possibly can, in order to spread the love.
Next, we meditate. It’s Day 5 of the 21 Day Meditation Challenge with Oprah and Deepak. There has never been a better time to do a global meditation experience. Will you join us?http://bit.ly/1d3DwT3. There are so many different meditations for peace, love and understanding (simply check out YouTube), find one or a few that resonate with you and spend 10 or 20 minutes daily in quiet meditation and reflection.
Then we make a conscious choice on what we share on our news feed. The more we continue to share negative news, the more negative news shows up in our news feed. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle. When sharing news of a tragedy, pay attention to the source that it comes from as well and avoid sharing graphic videos at all costs. We can avoid trending topics, as difficult as it is to do. We can focus on sharing positive and encourage stories. There will always be those who will share the bad news, we can choose to be the ones to share more good.
And finally, we can play Pokémon Go. Yes, seriously. I believe this this game can change our world. And the timing could not be better. I wrote a blog post yesterday about what I think that Pokémon Go is a good thing. Instead of isolating people in their homes, it is bringing people outside and creates positive connections. Just last night, we went to the park near our home and ran into 5 others playing the game, one that I actually knew. We connected, had a short conversation and were on our way. I’ve seen many great stories (there are negative ones too but again, I’m choosing not to share them) including this one about an animal shelter recruiting Pokemon Go players to walk their dogs!
Please join me today in being an ambassador of gratitude and lead with love, joy and gratitude in everything you do.
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