The more important question really is, do you want to?
The bottom line I keep coming back to is 'what does it mean to value life?'
We all think we do, it is an assumption we make, but in truth most of how we live in this world does not support the most important value that needs to be the foundation of all our decisions if we truly want to move this world forward in a way that everyone wins.
I found this story yesterday from Newsweek about farmers committing suicide in higher numbers than average. While there are many factors that contribute, the real issue is the crush of not being able to make it - survive financially.
This is happening to farmers all over the world. And it is happening to veterans for the same reason. Not money as in debt, but in no longer fitting into a world that only values money - at the cost of millions of lives.
Standing back can you see that those who want to die are those who also have given their lives so we can have ours? Food is life. Safety is life. Freedom is life. Money is permission to live.
There are no easy answers to 'fix' any of this. But I know it begins with wanting what we started with - wanting everyone to survive, wanting everyone to have freedom, wanting everyone to be great.
What a glorious world that would be! But how do we bring this big idea back to us, in our life, in our every day decisions?
The first step is to define for your self, what does it mean to VALUE LIFE?
Really define it. How? What is the state of your health? What do you spend your money on? Do you invest your time, money, and energy in things and ideas that bring you joy and health or do you invest in preventing your death?
Do you eat foods that once lived or do you eat food processed beyond recognition?
The bigger issue is always how do we as a large group - be it town, county, state, country, globe - shift from valuing what we believe allows us to live - money - to that which truly brings us life - real food, real health, real love.
I believe one of the easiest places to start is with food and health. Not by moving out and farming, but examining in a very practical way how you can be responsible for your own food and the quality of it.
The same is true for your health.
There are no easy, quick, and universal solutions. But the reason we get STUCK is we stay focused on the "HOW" instead of just the desire and then the small steps that are in our own control and don't depend on everyone else changing.
That is the big secret. We don't save the world by saving the world. We save the world by first, wanting to live and secondly by saving our self. It is that simple. It is also that hard.
Something to think about today - which road will you walk?
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