Are we absolutely sure the apocalypse didn’t come in 2012 and we missed it? Can we do a head count here? Knowing what to expect might have helped me know where to look. Were zombies supposed to inherit the earth, was Jesus showing up for dinner, or was the earth just going to explode?
What I’m saying is, perhaps the apocalypse did happen, and we were looking in the wrong direction. Is it possible the Hopi fifth world arrived, but it just looks an awful lot like the fourth one? Was a baby born on the 21st of December in 2012 who will change the course of Global Warming? Maybe the apocalypse is somewhat of a gradual movement toward a better world more than the total destruction of the one we know. We won’t really notice it until one day we look back and say, “Hey, didn’t the world used to be a much worse place?”
If you’re looking for doomsday, just check out the morning paper. It’s here. People living their days on earth in hell. Lonely people. Hungry elderly. Children with no one to teach them how to find the good in themselves. Children gunned down in the middle of their play. People living in fear. People with no hope. Not like those days when you wake up and life seems hopeless. I’m talking about a real total depletion of hope. No hope of hope.
It’s 2013. Are you still here? Don’t dread the apocalypse . . . I say we’re ready for it. Don’t wait for it to happen, bring it on! Make it happen! Stop preparing for the worst and start initiating the change. Be the Shift!
- Smile. You don’t know what someone else is going through today. Your smile could save a life.
- Hold a door. I don’t care if it’s a big burly guy or a someone with a stroller. Common courtesy requests you hold the door.
- Give blood. For goodness’ sake get over your fear of needles. You want to know what fear is? Cancer. Liver disease. Major surgery. Car accidents. Premature babies. Losing your loved one. Not everyone can give blood, so if you can, why aren’t you? It’s the ultimate renewable resource!
- Treat a child with respect. Children are people, too.
- Hold your horn. Try to limit your honking to those situations where some idiot really tried to kill you for the sole purpose of getting ahead in traffic. If he just needs to get over because he didn’t see his exit coming up, for crying out loud, let him over.
- Wave. I treat my suburban neighborhood like a rural country road. Ever notice how country folks wave at everyone? We’re all just country folk. We just live a little closer to our neighbors.
- Thank. Don’t just say thanks. Say thanks for [fill in the blank]. Thanks for being so prompt! Thanks for telling me that! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to help you! Thanks for sending me that bill . . . okay, don’t overdo it.
- Share. Plant a bigger garden than you need. Donate books to a library. Give away things you don’t use. Share your skills. Share your knowledge. Hug more.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~~Theodore Roosevelt
Can you imagine if you woke up this morning, in 2013, and everyone had a shift of global awareness? Be the apocalypse. How will you change the world this year?
United Global Shift: Projects (Start small, check out the Peace Promises)
Tiny Buddah: 25 Ways to Make a Difference (Listed as quotes)
Scott Berkun: Essay #49 (Scott is a writer whose popular topics are writing, creativity and management)
- Are YOU Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse? (lestark1.wordpress.com)