AWARE: having or showing realization, perception or knowledge
The past week has made me think and reflect; to become AWARE. I was sitting in my MOPS meeting listening to a presentation about self defense. I had no idea what this talk would trigger. There were certain points mentioned that struck me, not in a bad way, but opened my mind to think outside of the box. What are we not aware of?
This particular discussion made me realize there are many aspects of life that we may not think about on a daily basis. We get so busy in the daily grind and overlook important things. I feel aware but I know I need to be more diligent about observing, thinking, reflecting and learning.
For example, up until recently, I had NO IDEA that there are children in foster care that never find an adoptive home. I am not joking. They turn 18 and “age out” of the system. They are sent out in the world to fend for themselves without a single soul to help them. Seriously?! I cannot even imagine what I would have done without the support of family during that transition in life.
Did you know? Americans only recycle about nine percent of the plastics they use. That means the other 91% is headed to the landfill to sit there for thousands of years or ends up in our waterways which harms wildlife. Have you seen the picture of the sea turtle with the straw stuck in its nose? The danger of plastic is serious. Is it really worth the convenience?
Now, try to wrap your head around this one…In the United States, more than two out of three adults are overweight or obese and about one third of children are overweight or obese. What?! Those are not good odds for our country’s health and future generations.
Do not stop reading here! Yes, those last few facts were hard to swallow but there is hope and it starts with YOU! What would our world look like if we each took five minutes each day to meditate and recharge our minds? What would our community look like if every person donated $5 each week to a local nonprofit organization? What would our environment look like if we all switched one disposable item we use daily to a reusable item?
Let me put this into perspective using the population of my city. Do the math with me…with a population of 190,000 people minus the 17% that are under 18 years old leaves us with 157,700 adults. We would have 157,700 less-stressed, clear minded residents who would be giving $788,500 each WEEK to those in need. We would also be saving 1,103,900 items from entering our landfills every single WEEK! Aren’t those numbers astounding?! This is just in MY city. Can you even imagine the impact of this worldwide? It would be life-altering.
I think the greatest thing we can do is to challenge ourselves. Do not become complacent! When you become complacent, you give up control of the situation and have little say of how things end up. Take control. Actively work towards the best outcome. Choose how you want this world to be!
This will look different for everyone. Find your place, your rhythm, your people, your cause, your calling, and MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Do not just go through your day-to-day activities in a mindless routine. Switch things up! Keep your brain alive and ready; learn something new. Keep your body strong and able; exercise and be mindful what you are eating. Keep your surroundings safe; know how to protect yourself and your environment.
Seek knowledge, have strength, and always work towards a better tomorrow.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi