It’s the idea behind one of my favorite quotes: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi
and the title of one of my favorite songs…that ripple of positivity that we can each send out into the world. There is an old Chinese proverb that I like to share with my Feng Shui clients to help them understand why the condition of their homes is so important to a content life.
Where there is light in the soul there will be beauty in the person.
Where there is beauty in the person there will be harmony in the home.
Where there is harmony in the home there will be honor in the nation.
Where there is honor in the nation there will be peace in the world.
We have to start within ourselves. We have to be centered and brave and know that the quiet thoughts in our head, the little voice deep inside us is the first step in creating a beautiful, peaceful world. We all have times when we watch the ugliness of other people on the news, or look at the stripping of this naturally bountiful planet, or get angry at what seems to unnecessary suffering. We must understand that those are the most important times to examine the quality of our thoughts, our words, and our actions.
It seems to elementary to say BE KIND. FORGIVE. BE GRATEFUL.
But these are our pebbles in the big pond of this Universe, the pebbles that create the ripple in to our homes and to our families. Then that ripple expands to our local communities and the people and the things that grow there. BE GENTLE.
The collective thoughts, words, and actions of our communities effects our nation. We don’t all need to agree. We are all, each one of us, unique, and we each have the power and the ability to think for ourselves. LISTEN. BE RESPECTFUL. LOVE.
Our nation ripples out and blends with the ripples of other nations on this Earth. If every person is starting with themselves, requiring more of themselves, and treating each other and the planet the way they would want to be treated, the world would be such a peaceful place. A gorgeous blend of different beliefs, customs, and histories — with respect for one another.
It may seem trite and simplistic but whats the harm? What if we all payed a little more attention to the pebbles we’re throwing into the pond. At the very least we would live a happier existence. There is nothing wrong with that. Give it a try! See what happens, not only to yourself but to those that are closest to you. Many of us do this every day, but to many this is a new concept. Sweep your own front porch first~ (there’s a million of ’em, and I love it!)