Well, unfortunately I didn’t know about the Blog Action Day until today, so I didn’t have a lot of time to carefully compose my posts. So I’m going to pull out my spontaneous voice.
When I learned of the theme, two thoughts popped into my mind. They are:
1. Let’s think of solutions
True, solutions cannot come without facing the problems, but problems are not where we dwell.
True, solving this world-wide problem seems daunting, but a solution needs not be that big.
True, some of us, including yours truly, live a sheltered life, away from the problem. I cannot speak authoritatively about scarcity of material necessity. It, fortunately, has been a foreign concept to me.
True, some people dive into this scarcity head first, like my mother, who is a missionary in Brazil’s poor area. She finds it her calling. I’ve long felt guilty about not considering something like that as my calling.
But you know what? I do have a mission, though. The mission to carry out a solution. It goes like this:
To live my life with such abundance that my abundance overflows, enriching those around me.
We can discuss scarcity until our faces turn blue, yet it will not go away. We can talk about abundance, too, yet it will not realize itself. I’ve always been weary of rock musicians who show up at peace/charity concerts, whose lives and outlook are anything but peaceful. They speak of peace yet are promoting something else by how they live.
The solution is to live. Live your life as a solution. The biggest and most effective contribution starts there.
2. Solutions in Our Lives
As I said, I don’t live in an area plagued with scarcity — not the material kind. But I am acutely aware of the scarcity that exists exactly where I am.
Of the mind.
In the so-called developed societies, we have learned to systematically take care of some of our material needs. But the system ensures this by focusing on scarcity, not abundance.
You need to save, because tomorrow you may have enough.
You need to hold on to what you have, as you never know when it will be taken from you.
You need to attack, for you never know when you’ll get attacked.
We hide, we cower, we duck, we defend, for the fear of scarcity. Will to live has been slowly but certainly slipping away. We descend from boredom to lethargy to depression to suicide.
In the process, we starved our core. The gas is in the car, but the driver can’t drink gas.
What we did to get this far will not work to move forward. Feeding the body is clearly not enough, for the body stops receiving when the mind does. True, we have to feed the body so the mind can properly start working. But when the mind starts working, it’s time to throw away that security blanket. It’s time to take off the suffocating blanket from before our face, and expose our sensitive face to the world.
The next challenge is to rehumanize the humanity. To recondition our minds to act from abundance, not scarcity. From health care to education, we need to stop treating each other like little machines that need fixing. We are not broken. We may be compromised and unrealized, but we are not as broken as they make us believe.
Realizing our individual potential is the ultimate abundance. The world is treated to abundance of you — the most evolved human being yet in the history of mankind. There have been a few others before us, yes, but the ratio needs to go up. It’s not the matter of comparing our accomplishments. It’s the matter of increasing the number of people who are so abundant that they overflow.
Am I being megalomaniac? What can each of us do? I don’t know, but I would say don’t underestimate. Adversity of scarcity is clearly an abundance. A single realized individual can inspire regions of others to climb to the same heights. And they in turn spread the virus of realization. I know a few people felt inspired when I shared my business vision, and that was precisely my point. No, I’m not overstating the impact of humble little ideas. But just merely having a vision, and having shared it, I know I have contributed to some people’s walk toward self actualization. It may be a tiny half-step, but they are moving forward, not backward. The world is a tiny bit better place, because I shared what I had.
The best solution you can provide the world is a fully realized you.
And until that happens, the next best thing you can provide is you who are inching toward the best version of yourself.
You are the solution the world has been waiting for.
Do arrive, soon.