Thursday, June 6, 2013

What do YOU value?

If you were stranded alone on a deserted island with no hope of ever returning home, what things of value would you bring if only given...let say 10.

First, you have to evaluate what you consider of value.

Growing up in a society that brainwashes us into thinking we need certain things in order to live our lives. When in reality, we only need food, water and shelter to survive.

We only need the love and support of a few to thrive. Yet somehow we search for more. We buy more. We "need" more!

A large majority of our society is living in houses owned by banks, driving vehicles that again, are owned by banks. Buying stuff with credit cards instead of cash. Living a life of paying for things you don't technically own yet.

I was one of these people, I put value upon things that we didn't actually own or need. We drove fancy new cars, spent money frivolously. Paying for items with credit only to have realized I didn't actually need the item. It's a vicious cycle of want, want, want.

In reality, the things that hold the most value are with us already. Our loved ones. Our memories. Our individuality. Our sense of humor. Ourselves!

We as a society have begun to look elsewhere for value. When it's within us.

It's the ability to live without expectations. Knowing that it is better to give than receive. That helping out is better than doing nothing. The knowledge of being kind to everyone regardless of their own beliefs or whom they love, or what Political Party they might affiliate with.

The second we lose what I personally think is our most precious thing of value, we are doomed.

Our humanity.

Our ability to love beyond any monetary measure. Our want to help out those that need it, no questions asked. Our want to better the lives of those around us. Our humanity!

As wars rage on, as maniacs with guns are making head lines all too often, as kids (as young as 8) are taking their own lives, as whole countries starve, as Political agendas outweigh our need for clean air; safe food; and natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals, we as a society are losing our humanity.

When did we stop caring?

I think that 1 person is capable of changing the world. Einstein, Lincoln, MLK, Rosa Parks, Ghandi. Ring any bells?

But imagine if others join in, trying to restore our most valuable of valuables.

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Help your neighbor, be kind to strangers, give without expectations, love with every ounce of your being, raise children with the same principles and soon things will begin to change.

If you don't see that, you may have lost your humanity.  1 drop of water might not be much, but over time it can fill an ocean.

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