Thursday, January 18, 2018

Take responsibility for our problems

Our current collective angst and feeling of helplessness are founded in recent events and recent history. We are deeply mired in the problems of inequity, corruption and lawlessness, with no accountability or justice. 

Those who have tried to fight the good fight and right the many wrongs of society will tell you it is an ongoing battle and not for anyone not willing or ready for a long struggle with no guarantee of success. So how do we get anywhere close to where we want to be from where we are now?

Prayer, like thought, can direct energy, but there is no assurance of the desired results. Heaven will not help us. If we sit back and do nothing, nothing will change. We must look to ourselves to create the world we want.

Essentially, outside of our work, we are devoting much of our energy to superficial and material things while giving little time to our inner well-being and little thought to the impact of our actions. 

If we are constantly quarrelling and fighting, how can we expect peace in our world? If we jump the “queue”, we should not criticise others who do the same. If we do not help our neighbours and those in need, should we expect anyone else to do so? 

However, all hope is not lost. The solution is not beyond us and does not have to come only from any government and big complicated plans that take a long time to bring results. By taking responsibility for our well-being, we can create the world we so desperately want. 

We want everyone else to fix our society but we have to take responsibility for our problems and work on them.

Maybe at the beginning of every day we can commit to do one good thing for someone else, be it our neighbour, a homeless person, a friend, a family member or someone in need. 

It does not have to be a major undertaking. It can be as simple as a smile or a kind word or deed. Being kind makes you feel good and makes someone else feel better. 

We are powerful and can change our world one small step at a time. Needless to say, we need leaders who can move us in the right direction but until we get the leaders we need, we have to galvanise our families, communities, our companies and ourselves and do something! 

For a small nation, we have achieved much greatness in the past and can do so again.

J Baboolal

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