In this life we get so caught up in the details of our own miscreation we fail to notice what it means to live. We spend our life looking at something else, searching for something outside of ourselves that will somehow make us happy. We mistakenly believe that if we just do this one thing all will be better.
It is like the moment we are born we start reaching for something or someone to give us all we need. In the womb, we are satisfied. we are safe and warm; all our needs are met and we can just explore the world around us. Eventually, it gets crowded and there is no room to move. We come out either on our own or someone yanks us out before we are ready. The first thing we do is scream at the top of our lungs and all these people are smiling and holding us all we notice is that it is cold, dry and frightfully bright.
We go from all of our needs being met to having to figure out how to get what we need. We do this thing over and over again. We sometimes get so caught up in our needs that we fail to notice the trees, the flowers, and the earth beneath our feet. We bombard ourselves with tasks to keep us occupied as the world around us sits patiently waiting for our attention.
In quantum physics (at least in my limited understanding) it is believed that things don’t happen unless we are watching. Therefore, we focus our attention on each other, on a screen that shows us the world, and on what we have been taught the world should be. All the while failing to see the trees that surround us. Is it possible that what we look at and what we expect to happen is the very thing we believe it to be?
We have the power to change everything. But we fail to understand exactly what that change will look like so we busy ourselves with what we think we want especially when we appear to be in agreement that things are wrong and we tell each other what will make it right.
We grab ahold of things thinking that if we only do this everything will be better; but we never take the time to contemplate what the thing really is and what the bigger picture will be in the end.
We rarely, if ever take the time to expand our field of vision and define what exactly it is that will make the world a better place. We all need clean water, clean air, healthy food, and safety. We all agree so we start screaming again. We start demanding that all these things be given to us by someone else. We truly believe that we can only get this if we start demanding all the while failing to see the forest that surrounds us.
We are the trees and we are failing to see that every one of us has the power and capability to make the world better. We have to stop thinking that someone else is going to give it to us.
I am a firm believer that if you don’t ask, you don’t get. However, right now, each and every one of us needs to ask how I can make this a place better. As for me, I have to keep asking myself this question each and every day.