I went to my friends’ Australian citizenship ceremony on Australia day on Sunday. It a nice thing to do but it may me ponder as to why you have to say out loud I will uphold and obey the laws of the land. My friend said she crossed her fingers at this line. Why I pondered it is what if the laws of the land go against what is in your heart and soul and how boring would it be if every person in a country held the same value?
What should we care about as a human resident of our planet? Here is a list of some worthwhile things:
1. Start caring about your own happiness – It’s important to make people happy, but you have to start with yourself.
2. Start caring about your goals and dreams – If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.
3. Start caring about how you invest your time every day – There might not be a tomorrow, not for everyone.
4. Start caring about how you think and what you think about – In your quiet moments, what do you think about?
5. Start caring about how you treat yourself – Your relationship with yourself is the closest and most important relationship you will ever have.
6. Start caring about how you treat others – Live so that when the people around you think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.
7. Start caring about how others treat you – Choose your relationships wisely.
8. Start caring about your health – Exercise to be fit, not skinny.
9. Start caring about your education and personal growth – Achieving higher consciousness comes from your commitment to personal growth.
10. Start caring about doing the BEST you can – Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you.
11. Start caring about all the wonderful things you have right now – Learn to appreciate the things you have before time forces you to appreciate the things you once had.
12. Start caring about this moment we call ‘life’ – Our whole life leads up to each new moment. Each moment is priceless.
So what have we said about being a human being residing on this planet of ours over time, here are a few of my favourite things:
1. This arises when we start listening to and believing that other peoples opinions are more important than our own.
2. To me, George Orwell wrote one of the great odes to the danger of perfection, 1984: I’m Not Perfect, But I’m Perfect for You.
3. Anthony Robbins is an American author, life coach, and philanthropist. Robbins has worked on an individual basis with Bill Clinton, Justin Tuck, Wayne Gretzky, Serena Williams, Hugh Jackman, and Pitbull, quite a diverse group of individual human beings.
4. The whole spiel from Tony: I Learnt from the Best.
5. Humane: A humane person is one who shows great compassion and caring for others, including animals, and who tries whenever possible to alleviate another’s suffering. The idea of being humane is linked to a higher level of a person’s character:
6. Shruti is either a data scientist or a Bollywood actress, which one do you think said this: Ego.
7. Seven billion of us and counting.
8. Artist Alex has come up with some sage wisdom here: Sincerity is Scary.
9. An American stand up comic, Amy was nominated for two Grammy Awards, for Best Comedy Album for Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo and Best Spoken Word Album for The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.
10. And then sometimes we need a break, so just be an owl: Night Owl.
11. And your task for your life is…
12. Raised in small-town America, Wright’s mother died when he was six days old. His father later married a much younger woman, Gertrude: “Gertrude was closer to my age than to my father’s”. Gertrude hated small-town life, but got along famously with Wright, as they shared many of the same childish tastes (both loved games, movies, and ice cream): Pure Imagination.
13. Interesting website page name: Stop the Pain now, an interesting take on humanness.
14. J. R. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter empire stated she chose the name Dumbledore, which is a dialectal word for “bumblebee”, because of Dumbledore’s love of music: she imagined him walking around “humming to himself a lot”: The Humming.
15. And for our final lesson, we hear from Brene Brown, who, before her fame researched shame for several decades.
Life is about taking chances. It’s about doing something you initially thought you could never do. It’s about being a little bit crazy, following your heart, being human and not worrying about every detail of what everyone else thinks. And above all. it’s about learning to love who you are and what you have, all of your humanness.
The playlist bounces all over the place today, from Beyonce to Gene Wilder. We begin with three divas: Grace Jones, Whitney Houston and Beyonce. My unknown offering is next, The 1975. Then across to England with Gerry Rafferty, dropping into Hollywood next with Gene Wilder before completing with Enya: Your Job is Not to Be Perfect!!!
If we had to wait until everyone was perfect my dream and goal of Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included being the world paradigm would seem a long way off in our humanistic world.
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