I cannot stop all wars, nor can I prevent them from occurring in the first place.
I cannot stop the cruelty to people. Nor to animals. Or harshness with the environment.
I cannot stop senseless violence, crime and abhorrent actions. Hate continues despite my desires for something else.
This list can continue for another page or 2 or 10, unfortunately. And I cannot stop it all.
There is something I can do. I can choose to be a non-participant in the above. I can avoid the above behaviors, avoid watching or comments on the above and put my energies elsewhere.
What can I/we do with all this energy then?
When I see an animal in distress, I can and will help. Who knows what a simple act of kindness can trigger.
When I see a person in pain, I can and will help. Some one may see this and be inspired to do the same. And another. And another. . . ad infinitum.
I will learn to channel anger, frustration, disappointment, sadness and other emotions into something constructive. They will be acknowledged, but I no longer will be a participant by cultivating or prolonging their existence.
Will I ever fail? Most likely but I recognize that temporary setbacks are part of growth. They are part of learning and will not stop forward progress.
For over 5 decades, I have been a participant in many things, from martial arts to marathons, from wellness teaching to treatments. I remain a steadfast participant in life until I die. Depending upon what my options are in the afterlife, I would like to continue there. (I strongly suspect they have great marathon routes.)
I have also been a participant in frustration and fear and a host in between. From this day forward, I resign my commission and will no longer be a participant. The cost is too great to self and to others. The reward is nil.
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David is a Nutritional and Alternative Medicine Expert, Educator and Entrepreneur. As an Acupuncture Physician and Master Herbalist, he has created the best selling anti aging formula, Doc Wellness Supplement and the online school – Dr. Orman’s Wellness School.