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A time for reflection

By Nina Steele 

A lot has happened this past year including some pretty awful events that many of us wish to forget. The blood of so many innocent lives has been shed, shaking our world to its core. Our humanity has been tested in such a way that some even wondered whether we were witnessing the end of the world. Of course the world did not end and we are still here plodding along, most of us, trying our best to make the world a better place. What many refer to as evil has unfortunately been around for as long as anyone can remember and our history books are testament to that. The suffering of human beings at the hand of other human beings has unfortunately been part of life to such an extent that many people see it as inevitable and do not believe in there ever being peace on earth.

Call me over optimistic but I believe with all my heart that peace on earth can be achieved and it can happen in our lifetime. It is up to us to be the change that we want to see in the world. If we believe that the world is a depressing and hopeless place, then complaining about it alone is not going to change anything, is it? There is no point in moaning about how hopeless everything is and then go on and poison things even more by our own actions, for this is what it is. The world as we see it today is a reflection of every single one of us and only us can put it right by acting in a way that heals as opposed to destroy. How do we do this? We do this by changing both our thoughts and actions, by being more positive, by wishing other people well as opposed to seeing everyone as a potential rival and wishing them to fall so we can feel good about ourselves. Reality TV with its confrontational stance, has corrupt many people’s outlook on life, making them believe that we should always strive to have the upper hand on other people. Fortunately, most people can see those shows for what they are, unfortunately, many others do not and strive to imitate these behaviours thus poisoning the world even further.

The energy that each and every one of us vibrates impact on our world and so it is crucial that we all take care in the way we behave and treat others. No action or thought exists in a vacuum; everything is interconnected and so the pain and suffering of people around the world will ultimately be felt by all of us. Kindness, gratitude and humility are some of the values that can help heal the world. We cannot continue to poison the world and then expect that we will not pay a price for it, for we will. Whatever we put out we get back. I am not advocating that we seek to create a perfect world, for there is no such thing. What I am advocating however is a world in which people don’t just think of themselves. A world in which we make the eradication of poverty a priority as opposed to conspicuous consumption. The end of the year is a time for reflection and any New Year’s resolution must include striving to become better and positive people, in addition to the usual promises we make ourselves. We cannot expect our political leaders alone to put the word right, while we sit on the side complaining about how hopeless they are. As they say, when you change, the world around you changes as well and so let’s start making the necessary changes in our own lives so we can have the world that we all know is out there.

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