Living with more heart

The world needs people who live well in their places……..

I love this thought. It comes from college professor and author David Orr’s 1992 book Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World:

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane.”

We live in a violent world today. There’s conflict everywhere, brother killing brother, there’s hatred and bloodshed. Our children are not safe anymore, none of us are safe anymore. Everyday, every hour, we hear of rape and murder, of bomb blasts and death and destruction.

Sometimes it feels like the world has entered a dark tunnel and there’s no way out.  

But I think there is. I believe the answer lies in living with more heart.

There’s so much focus on success measured in the amount of money you earn, the material things you own and the social rank you attain. We live our lives chasing this definition of success and we are so consumed by it that the heart has gone missing in the way we live.

With the state that the world is in today, more than ever, we need to learn a different way to live……to live with more heart rather than just hard cash.

What the world desperately needs is more lovers rather than warriors, sharers of love rather than provokers of ugliness and forgivers rather than revenge seekers.

The world needs people who live well in their places.

I want to be one of those people, I choose to be one of those people........a person who lives well where I live. A peacemaker, a healer and a builder.....that is what I choose to be because I believe that is the way out of the dark tunnel that we find ourselves in today.