We’ve all got failures in our pasts, and we’ll all have more in our future. None of us are perfect and none of us can be perfect given the way things are in the world at this time. But what it will take for the world to become a place where our failures haunt us less and we’re less concerned about being perfect, will be for us to care more honestly and deeply for those around us.
When we’re more concerned about what goes on around us, we’ll be more conscious of our actions and the impact that our actions (and our words) have on the world around us. We’ll be quicker to notice that we’ve hurt someone’s feelings, quicker to respond to situations that are going to pot, and quicker to forgive and accept forgiveness.
What difference would this make you ask? Simply put, it changes the entire equation. By being more conscious of what is going on around us we’ll realize quicker when things aren’t right. But beyond that, when we’re more focused on caring for those around us we’ll actually make the necessary changes to rise above the situations that arise.
Right now many of us are semi-motivated people. We get up and go when we can’t take it anymore, when it’s in our best interests or when most people have already hopped on the bandwagon. We like to know that others are doing things we’re interested in, and we really like to know that we’re not alone in the world.
Which brings us back to our point: if we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that other people around us were just as concerned and interested in us as we were in them we would be less insecure, less self-conscious and more ready to take action because we knew we wouldn’t be judged for our mistakes. In fact, people would be more likely to come up and lend a helping hand when things go awry. This will mean that instead of picking stupid fights we’ll be focusing on improving the lot of the world and helping each other out.
Together we are more than we could ever hope to be apart. Remember that you’re not alone in this world, but that there are other people who truly care about you and want to support you.
“To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.” William Hazlitt