Today I’m thinking about what I could do to make the world a better place. This isn’t the sort of thing I usually think about when I’m making kids’ lunches (usually then I’m thinking about why I didn’t go to bed earlier). Or when I’m driving the girls to town (contemplating then why I didn’t fill up with fuel yesterday afternoon when I saw the warning light come on).
The reason I’m considering what I could do to make the world a better place is that my cousin just told me about a website that offers daily writing prompts to encourage writers to write. By writing regularly they establish a writing habit and get better at writing. And for those of us who’ve just recently announced that they’re going to write a book,
that’s pretty important.
So today’s prompt was ‘What could you do to make the world a better place?’
Writer or not, it’s a pretty cool thing to think about.
I started thinking about global issues: climate change, violence against women, the refugee crisis, war and conflict, terror — and they’re just the ones on the first page or two of the newspaper.
There are so many world problems that I almost planted my face into the margarine container to escape it all (yes, margarine. I know, I’m contributing to a lot of the world’s issues).
It’s going to take a lot more to solve these issues than just me thinking about them as I refuel the car. But there are certainly things I can do to make the world a better place.
By starting in our own backyard. We’ve brought two new lives into the world and I want to arm them with self-confidence and kindness.
I want Elsie and Maeve to grow up free from insecurity, anxiety and jealousy.
I don’t want them to judge themselves or anyone else.
I want them to have modesty, patience and empathy.
I want them to be respectful and generous.
I want them to trust their strengths and capabilities when they come across a challenge or one of life’s problems, so that they are able to deal with rejection and criticism, and they take risks and discover opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have.
Imagine if more people in the world were like that. Together, couldn’t we achieve some solutions then?