Meet the newest addition to my family–my fifth grandchild. She is one of 353,000 children born the same day around the world. Each and every one is as precious as she is.
According to UNICEF, about 353,000 new citizens of planet Earth show up each day. They had no choice.
But we have a choice about what kind of Earth they will live in.
That’s why we desperately need INPowering leaders who have a long term view of how to make this planet a wholesome and inviting home for everyone.
The United Nations was chartered in 1945 as an effort to resolve international problems through dialogue and collaboration instead of war. You can read the preamble to its charter on the United Nations’ website. I encourage you to do so.
I am hopeful every day that the generations being born now will re-create a better world from the one my generation is handing off to it.
But we don’t have to wait.
A new pledge for all world leaders
Wouldn’t it be great if we could require all world political and business leaders to pledge to uphold the spirit and letter of the UN charter?
- To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,
- To reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small,
- To establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
- To promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.
Wouldn’t that be the kind of world we would be proud to leave our children and grandchildren?
A small percentage of rotten apples
All that keeps us from having this kind of a world are the selfish and egomaniacal ambitions and ideological delusions of a hand full of world political and business leaders. I don’t know if we will ever find a way around that, but I’m hopeful.
I don’t know how many such scallywags and trouble makers there are world-wide. But say there were enough to populate the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex (where I live), if we could get them all in one place. That would be about 7-million, or about 0.96% of the world’s population. I probably am not too far wrong to say that less than 1% of the world’s population causes 95% of the misery.
I’d like to think that somewhere in the 99% of the decent people on the globe we can find capable, INPowering leaders who can rise above selfish ambition and greed to help us reach our greatest and most noble good.
Maybe your children and grandchildren–and mine–will be
among those who will prove to be
I AM HOPEFUL
Everything you need to find joy and fulfillment in life is within your reach–literally.
All you have to do is get off your seat, and put yourself in position to grasp it.
I’ve learned over and again that when I put myself out there, good things are more likely to happen for me than when I sit on my sofa and wonder why I’m not getting anywhere.
You, too, huh?
I drift into routines. Routines have benefits, but they can result in mindless, rote behaviors that dull our sensitivity to what’s happening around us.
So, let’s shake it up a bit.
I discovered Jessica Hagy’s work on such an outing. Here’s the story.
I was visiting a friend one weekend and we were about to settle into our routine of watching our favorite political pundits on cable TV. When I said, “I’m bored. Let’s do something different.”
“Like what?” she asked.
“I don’t know. Let’s just get in the car and drive somewhere,” I said.
“OK,” she agreed.
So we did.
Within the hour, we drove into a small town a few miles down the road where we found a combo coffee shop and curio store and decided to stop for a cup of coffee.
While milling around, sipping my coffee, I spied a book title displayed on an old crate used as a merchandise display (a technique often used in curio stores). The title read, How to Be Interesting (in 10 simple steps).
I so want to be interesting, and if I can do it in 10 or fewer steps, so much the better.
I was curious and bought the book. And that’s how I discovered Jessica Hagy, the author, and her work. Click here and save yourself the trip to the curio store.
The very first chapter is, “Go exploring,” (See how that works?). She offers some ways to be creatively curious. I’ll not spoil the fun of learning her secrets for yourself.
There is, by the way, a direct correlation between being interested and being interesting.
Henry Miller, a trendsetting author, advised, “Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”
Then, share your interests with others. It encourages them to share their’s with you. Before you know it, everything just got more interesting.
Curious . . . how that happens.
The INPowered are seekers. They want to know what’s happening in the world around them. They want to engage with different ideas, people, cultures, tastes, nature, and ways of understanding and knowing each other.
Take an interest in becoming more creatively curious.
And you will be more