‘You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.’
– John C. Maxwell
When contemplating the über-concept of ‘world peace’, I can’t help but wonder that We will never change the way the world is turning until we change things we ALL do daily. The secret to peace is found in our daily routines.
In the times when I choose to observe the ways of our modern societies, my heart breaks – I know I am not alone in that one, either.
And I am getting very very tired of the way we behave.
So tired of the glorification of busy, the stern tone and ‘serious’ talk that comes with politics, corporations, life.
So tired of finger-pointing.
So tired of mass outrages and following what we all, as a whole, seem to agree to be ‘reality’, a reality that at the same time leaves us burned-out, stressed, lonely, sick, unproductive, and frightened when we are at our worst – which, also, for some reason just seems to be the accepted ‘how it is’, a place to ‘deal with’.
What I have come to observe, in a caricature but respectful nutshell:
- Something horrific happens. We are shocked. Someone must be blamed. Blamed for the action, for letting it happen, for not preventing it.
- We get outraged, at how awful the world has become, at how hopeless and how evil man is.
- Facebook develops a temporary profile picture, slogans and icons appear within hours of the event, for us all to unite in solidarity, to show we care – because, that I believe, we truly do.
- The news and the stories that emerge become our topic of conversation for a few days; we’re terrified, and also relieved that it didn’t happen to us. We feel with the victims, and consider our own luck, make resolutions to live life fuller – for we never know which moment may be the last…
And, as time goes on, pretty soon we go back to normal again – and luckily so, we could not carry the burden of all injustice and terror of the planet with us all the time.
Back to normal, until the next time something we decide is awful makes the headlines. And we go through it all again.
HOW are we agreeing to the ‘way this is done’? Clearly it is not working, we’re going round in circles. And it is exhausting us.
What is the paradigm, the thought acceptance, that needs shifting?
May I join those who suggest that MAYBE all this is not just a result of ‘others’ being evil, others doing or not doing their job?
Maybe, MAYBE, we are all to blame, maybe we are all feeding this system?
I dare say, we even enjoy it. I’ll be so blunt as to hold up a mirror:
- we watch murder mysteries, read crime novels and play combat games – FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT!
- the most explicit headlines sell best, BECAUSE WE BUY THEM. We devour the gory details and we watch, ‘like’, share and talk about them all the time, granted, often behind the shield of ‘outrage’ and ‘protest’ and ‘sadness’ and ‘news’!
- we judge each other and ourselves, we are constantly in competition for what is ‘the truth’, the ‘right way to do things’, ‘the only belief system that matters’.
- and yes, every day we all support imprisoning fellow living beings of the planet in the most disgraceful of conditions for them to then be slaughtered – so that we can eat them in quiche and with barbecue sauce, fashion them to be worn on our feet as shoes, and we carry all our stuff around in their skins as handbags.
This list is endless… and so ‘normal’ it is hardly questioned!
We are blindly feeding our system in our every day routines with the very evil we condemn!
Once again, I can’t help but think that our solution may be simple. And we’re ignoring it because a part of us enjoys it.
Maybe the concept of peace is not a complicated top down strategy that is to be designed, negotiated, ruled, controlled by others?
To be fair, the way we all talk about ‘peace’ is so intricate, so many intertwined threads of belief systems, historic events and ego trips, it is really difficult to understand what is going on. I know that the way I am writing is simplified, possibly naïve. And deliberately so.
I am tired of the way we over-complicate things, it clouds the essence of what is important. Let’s give ourselves a break, we sure deserve it!
My ongoing thought keeps emerging: what if we all took better care of ourselves, and made sure that OUR OWN HEART WAS AT PEACE before finger-pointing at all the others?
If we were really at peace, would we even fathom hurting ourselves, our fellow inhabitants or the planet we call home the way we’re doing it?
Of course it would mean taking personal responsibility, and making a few changes to our own ‘known comfort’.
The big bad system is too big a project to tackle individually, but so long as we finger point to it and behave as victims, we shed the very ownership we actually, desperately need to take!
It is time to change our perspective of ‘world peace’ as being a board room summit topic to it being a daily individual inner strive.
Individual ownership in everyday lives brings it home… breaking down a huge insurmountable project into lots of little do-able ones, so to say.
Let’s get going. Or, let’s keep it up, whichever applies to you! We’re in it together.
We will never change the way the world is turning until we change things we all do daily.
The secret to peace is found in your daily routines.
Food for thought x