Posted by: Kristin | March 15, 2009

Stay Connected to the World & Ourselves

I believe we’re all connected.

This is why I think “global education” needs to be essential to how we educate our youth period. It’s also why I believe “personal development/awareness” is an essential aspect to education.

For instance, how is our mobile phone or IPod connected to war and child labor in the Congo?

It’s so easy get caught up on our own lives, relationships, etc. speeding ahead on autopilot as if our actions, behaviors and ways of being towards each other are totally disconnected from the wars, the conflicts, the disease, the economic crisis, as well as the hope, the inspirational resolutions, the miraculous recoveries, and historical Presidential elections that occur in the world.

What if we did indeed pay more attention to the words & thoughts we use (and ways of being) towards our loved ones, our family, our partner, our neighbor, our friend, our co-workers, the man on the street who asking for a dollar?

What if we assumed that there might be a direct connection with how we are treating the people in our immediate lives and what is happening in the rest of the world?

Maybe the stakes would be higher. Maybe we might be more intentional & thoughtful about our words (are they coming from love or fear?).

Maybe we might pay a little more attention (to our own lives, as well as the what’s occurring around us in the world at large). Let’s try that experiment, start with today.

What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.”
– Chief Seattle

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  1. You raise some very thought-provoking questions. I think if we could only live each day as if we weren’t going to be around tomorrow, we would all do things very differently. I have no idea why I’m heartless when I walk by a homeless person on the street…however, I never cease to feel guilty about it.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I just read something last night about treating everybody all the time as if it’s the last time we might see them – and how that might change our behavior… for me, it’s all about putting it into practice with baby steps – let’s start our experiment today!

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