As I go further down this waste free journey, not only has my mindset shifted to be more thoughtful about the things that I choose to let into my home, it has brought the theme of connectedness up for me a number of times. Now that I have begun questioning the life cycle of the things I buy, this idea that at the end of the day, everything and everyone is connected and nothing is separate from the other is something I just can't seem to shake.
Somewhere along the way I think we have become disconnected in an over-connected world, making it easy to take many important things for granted. Constant distractions from phones, TV and the internet have made it far too easy for us to ignore our own inner callings and the needs of those around us, near and far. Moments of stillness can be rare, though it's in this stillness that I find myself thinking about connection and consciously thinking far more than I do in my day to day. The simple art of doing absolutely nothing has allowed me to expand my mind, and bring forward thoughts that before, would never have surfaced.
Right now fires are devastating California and as I tapped through my Instagram stories this morning, I couldn't help but notice the lack of urgency I felt for those affected. Not because I don't care, but because I have no obvious personal connection to what is happening there right now and am therefore 'disconnected' from the tragedy. No one I know is there and in danger, I don't have a home on the verge of being swallowed up by flames, and I never have. But here I am - sitting in my warm, safe home, visiting my Dad who I was lucky enough to fly out to see for the weekend - tapping through without a care in the world. This made me think - what other moments of need do I merely 'tap through'? and couldn't help but feel a little uneasy.
There is something comforting though, in knowing that we are all in this world together and though our experiences may differ completely, we are all a part of each other's journey in some way or another. And at the end of the day, we are all yearning for the same thing(s) - safety, warmth, love, acceptance....
So my thought for today is: let's be softer and slower to jump to conclusions. Let's be warm and inviting instead of standoffish and judgemental. Let's think the best of people rather than make assumptions on their character based on few experiences. A moment of thoughtfulness and a little extra kindness is all it takes to turn a sour experience into one that will leave you feeling fulfilled, dignified and happier. Let's not tap through so willingly when someone is calling out for help. Let's be present and kind.
And then, let's watch the world transform.