The whole world is protesting things these days, we’re all so clear about what we don’t want. It feels like we’re willing to fight against things more than we work for things.
Kids at my daughters school are protesting tuition increases and in every city across the land people are protesting the Ferguson verdict.
We’re all sure that we don’t want to pay more, we don’t want injustice, we don’t want our freedom taken away from us. What we don’t want clouds our vision of what it takes to reform those things. Some of us just leave that for other folks to figure out.
But when asked about the world we want, we have a much harder time. It’s easier to be against stuff than for stuff, to notice what’s wrong versus representing what’s right.
Describing the world we want requires us to know.
Actively creating the world we want requires us to tell the truth, something we’re collectively not so good at. We all say we want this or we want that but far fewer of us actually put in the time and do what needs doing.
I work with people all the time in business who proclaim “this is what I want”, “this is my goal!” but when we break it all down and get clear about what it takes to get what they want, they discover they aren’t willing to put in the work.
I understand, I’ve lied a million times myself saying “this is what I want!” but not willing to put in the time, to chop wood and carry water. If we required each other to clearly delineate what we’re willing to do every time we say what we want, we’d all get clear in a hurry and make a real difference.
Dreaming is easy, desire is constant… doing is where the rubber meets the road.
That’s why I love “THE WORLD WE WANT” project, who’s creator describes it as:
“ascribing meaning to your life, your community, and the world. Through an interactive chalkboard in a public space, the wall exists to inspire self-reflection and nourish our well-being by connecting us both inwardly to our best selves and outwardly to the community we live within. With two prompts, “I want to live in a world where” and “To create this world, I will”, anyone can come by and share their aspirations in public. The result is a cataloged conversation of our visions and our ownership in making those aspirations come to life. It serves as an honest reflection of the possibility and potential that exists within our community.”
See how brilliant this is? “an honest reflection of the possibility and potential that exists within our community”… “our vision and our ownership”.
It’s the combination here that’s so powerful, it’s what we’ve been lacking. “To create this world I will:”… the first question alone is mostly worthless, we can just log on Facebook or read Starbucks mugs if we want some inspiration. If we actually want the world we say, we need to do the work, recognize what it takes, refine our vision for this life and then set out to create it.
Do the work. We have to put in the time and do the work.
If you can’t answer the second question, you’re just lying about your answer to the first and we need truth tellers more than ever these days.
Taking the time to really know what we want and what we’re willing to do to get it is a powerful and worthy exploration.
I want to live in a world where…
- people are fed, physically and spiritually.
- kindness is baseline, unremarkable, assumed.
- we are all our most authentic selves.
To create this world, I will…
- work to create resources and services that feed people, and continue my own spiritual practice in all my affairs while practicing open mindedness and compassionate non-judgement towards all beings.
- Be Kind. All the time, without waiver.
- Put in the time to truly know myself, thereby being myself.
How about you?