I read a lot of complaints on the social networks. I see sharing of articles which finger point and blame, suggest fault. What I do not see is problem solving. When we are frustrated with something, angry, we are being given a sign from our own feelings that something has to change. To expect the change to appear because we are angry is foolish, like shouting into the wind. It lets off steam and gives us the release we may need, but alone it has no real use in the big picture. It scratches the itch for a moment but it doesn't stop the irritation.
We expect a solution to appear all too often, we complain and moan, tell it how it is, but then do not do a thing about it. We sit back and allow it. This is wrong in my opinion. Inaction in the face of needed action is avoidance. Avoiding the change results in no change. This is fine if you do not want change, but if you can see a problem and you want change, then it is your responsibility to assist the change to take place. Or else you are moaning about nothing. If you accept poor conditions and go along with them, knowing they are poor conditions, then you will always have poor conditions. We cannot affect the world by imagining the problems are not there, and yes it is a wonderful gift to be grateful for what we do have, it is a vital part of life. However knowing where the issues lie, as in the things that happen around us that are inherently wrong, where harm is brought upon others, also is a vital part of life. We see changes to be made and we work towards changing. Don't wait for the imaginary change, it wont happen.
Let's look at suspended coffee. We all may now know that in many coffee shops we can pay for a coffee and it is put on hold for when a customer comes in who cannot afford to pay for themselves. This is wonderful, and generous. A great initiative. However coffee is hardly life or death, quality of life. I would like to see suspended everything. If we can afford to put a few pounds aside for someone each time we pay for anything, then a huge wealth of help and assistance would be there at no real cost apart from those who want to. Imagine suspended electricity and gas bills. Imagine suspended groceries, milk, food. Suspended rent payments.
I appreciate this may sound far fetched, no-one has enough to give to others. Why is this? We have enough to treat ourselves, we can put money aside for the things we want all the time. We live in a society where desire to have, replace, update, increase, improve, is so great that we never have enough to spare. If we are trapped in this material trap, and some of us are, then there is never a spare penny. If its not essentials, there is something else, a payment plan, some insurance for some device, extra this, more that, a savings account for this dream, and that idea... the list goes on. Money is not the thing we need to collect, the inner feeling of doing what we can to provide care for others is the thing I want to acquire the most. The inner warmth of knowing that through my effort, and work, my choices, someone is benefiting who otherwise would have been suffering. That is my money.
What is important to you? Think it, feel it. Do they match?
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