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I don’t know. Moreover, when I’ve tried to speculate previously on questions like this, I’ve found it leading less to insight and more to self-absorption. So I need to live my conscience as best I can, and to leave the accounting to others.
I can only hope that my intention of being and interacting with all in this world in a kind way, in trying to be of service to others through words, deeds and being there with all my heart and presence may contribute to the well being of others. What really happens after radiating out into the world, the impact it may have afterwards, usually lies beyond my knowing. I only hope it serves others.
This is an inspiring response to the question, Ose ❤️️
Questions of how can I know what I don’t know can be interesting. In this case I can’t think of anything.
I had a young family living next door to me who showed me many gifts. One day whilst out pulling weeds, a young boy of 5 was in his back yard entertaining himself by singing a soft little song to himself. About the same time his older brother was at the front of the house practicing on how to say a not too bad cuss word, I think I heard 50 variations of the word sxxx. The young boy gifted me with such a sweetness inside with his little song. The older brother gifted me with a deep source of amusement that it still makes me smile today. Neither of these boys new that I was on the other side of the fence, neither knew the gifts they had given me that day. The contribution was to just live life and be present.
Not sure I am the one to know this. I just hope and pray that some of my good intentions are realized, and that there are enough positives to outweigh the negatives more often than not, when it really counts, and in the long run…
I believe everyone is having an impact on their world just by being alive. It maybe a positive impact. It maybe a negative impact. Because everyone has worth they make an impact even when they don’t know what that impact is. I pray the way I live and treat life around me makes a positive contribution to the world. It’s impossible to have no impact.
My wish and my blessing for all of you is much joy, Love and bliss. I don’t know where this will land and that is OK.
Oddly what came up for me is that in my not so stellar moments I contribute by giving people an example NOT to follow. And by seeing the things they can recognize as not positive behaviors in me, it acts as mirror making them question those things in themselves and if they want to also behave in those ways or if they want to change.
We can try our best and I’d say most humans are trying, yet we all are gonna have our moments so may as well try to see the positive possible even in those moments.
I liked your perspective on this.
Indeed only God knows. All I know is that which I intend for good may be used for bad and that which I intend for bad may be used for good. And that which is good or bad now may not be so in the future. Such is the peril of judging outcomes as opposed to intent.
The peril of judging the outcomes as opposed to intent….so true Chester, so true.
I am a friendly person and I hope it spreads out into the world.
Whatever it is, it’s something I’m refraining from doing or participating in. Some action I’m not taking. Something I’m not reacting to.
I contribute to this world by being ME. I am unique, there is only one ME. I try to be the best version of ME as possible. I have worked very hard in these last many years on myself. I am a work in progress.
I try to be kind always. I try to navigate my day by blessing those around me. I pray…..I know I have a long way to go, to learn. I am open to growing. I am trying to be a positive force in my “neighborhood”.
Be Well All….❤️🙏
Everyday I try to remind myself that I am part of the universe. Even though I am such a tiny part in it, I do contribute somehow but how the world functions. By making positive contributions, I have an affect on how the world operates..
I have appreciated the responses to this question so far, they’ve made me smile, caused me to think, made me smile again… Taking a little time to reflect on the question and on everyone’s answers led me to wonder ‘why this question?’ It is, indeed, unanswerable. And that sent my thoughts down this path:
Maybe the question is a reminder that we are each making a contribution whether we know it or not. Samuel’s reply captures this for me. So we have to be mindful that our every action or inaction is making a contribution and we want that contribution to be a positive one. And we can remember that when we are feeling worthless and feel that we contribute nothing to a situation, there may be good ripples spreading that we can’t see or know about.
In my life right now I am struggling with feeling that I am not contributing constructively to a particular situation. I don’t like how that makes me feel. I want to change things but feel that’s impossible without hurting others so I suffer instead: I do nothing for fear of contributing something negative.
Reflecting on this question has led me to think about this situation differently.
All of life is interconnected. Sometimes I am awake to this truth sometimes I’m not. I’m making a contribution (whether positive or negative) without necessarily knowing it because I’m not always attuned to interconnectedness. Daily reminder: Gratefulness practice is the way to wake up!
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