Three years ago I came to have a vision of peace and joy for the world. It took a few weeks of working with my coach until I distilled it down to the two most important words that sum it up for me: Peace and Joy. They’re the keys for my life and I want them for everyone.
Seventeen years ago was when my view of the world began to change. In one week I saw two movies that broke my heart and opened my eyes: The power of one and Schindler’s list. I learned about world horror and knew, at my core, I wanted the exact opposite for all people.
I know world peace is a lofty goal and I don’t think it’ll ever be possible. Human nature is imperfect so there will always be some people taking advantage of others, using any means. I would be happy enough for there to be a world without violent conflict.
Still, I struggle with the smallness of my contribution*. Right now, I write. I regularly blog about finding personal peace and joy. Talk doesn’t accomplish anything on its own so on every post I attempt to offer questions for readers to ponder and specific steps to take for improvements, in addition to chronicling my journey.
Helping others brings a personal peace. So here is your homework assignment, for you to help others. Take your time answering these questions. Take half an hour each (or more) if needed, to really answer it with the innermost you.
- What is important to you? What delights you? The answer may include activities, people, things or places. What is it you really like about that?
- What do you want for the world? If you could change the world for people, what would you do? What legacy do you want to leave?
- What is the best thing that you want for yourself? Do you want the same for your fellow humans?
- How can you work for it in your life as well as the lives of others?
- What does your ideal life look like?
- Imagine you’re at the end of your life and someone is writing a book or a screenplay about you. How do you want that story to go?
- When you daydream, what parts do you want in your real life?
- What are the words you want to live by? What are your deep desires and values?
*My time/money/energy are spent on my immediate family. Supporting husband and children for their peace and joy is utterly important to me.