How you help everything else in order to help yourself

Posted: September 10, 2009 by Thrivelearning in Lifestyle Choice
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(And if this means putting a proxy gnome in your virtual garden – so much the better…)

This is really a very old, old concept which I’m about to bring up – you’ve probably already heard of it or some version.

The ancient polynesians would say, “There are no limits.” You might say they are just being over-optimistic, but practically, they are just saying that everything is connected to everything else.

In many religions, there is the concept that God is omni-present, and some take this further to say that God is actually part and process of everything out there – including you. (Which would explain how God is held to be all-powerful, all-knowing, etc.) So, via God, you are also linked into a massive network…

But lets get back to  you. Just take that simple idea that we are all connected. Not just all us humans, but all us everything. Surely, you’ve felt some connections at time with your pets or someone close (almost telepathic, it seems). And there are many, many stories of plants doing better with being shown affection in addition to water and fertilizer.

But rocks?  Well, we don’t need to go there for now. Just stick with living things for the sake of sensible argument.

The next concept is that if we are all connected, then anything which happens to someone else (or something else) also effects us. While this could explain the efficacy of the Golden Rule, it also tells why mobs happen, how areas can be affected suddenly by wide-spread illness (how the media and government are infecting more people with the H1N1 virus by constantly talking about it), how corporate and state-sponsored cults (Hitler’s Germany) can take place.

OK, if you’ve swallowed this line of thought this far, consider this:

We are all working to evolve and improve our lives.  So anything we can do to improve the conditions of things around us helps us improve personally.

While this last gives us a reason to treat our family and pets better, as well as tend gardens more closely, it also can extend to cleaning our rooms and lawns – which helps everyone feel more comfortable.

The point is that your own personal success depends on how you treat the world around you. No person is an island unto themselves. We all – each and everyone of us, right down to your pet turtle – depend on improving our own life through improving those around us.

Sure, you may not get a lot of feedback from your garden gnome, but keeping the dust off him and maybe touching up the paint every now and then will at least help others when they look at him. (Ugly, neglected garden gnomes don’t invite the good pixies to help you…)

And so that ancient art of designing and maintaining Japanese rock gardens has it’s place, doesn’t it?

As well does the complete wilderness, where Nature rules supreme.

Just wrote this for you to consider and ponder about your life and its interconnections.

Doesn’t mean you can’t stomp on bugs, but give it some thought next time…

And meanwhile, how about cleaning and tidying some area you live in just a little bit. Or spend an extra minute or so grooming your pet – at least give it some more pets and hugs.

Try it and see if your life doesn’t get better this way.

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