…things might be a little more chaotic, but undoubtedly more fun.
Play would become more important.
So would fresh air.
It’d be harder to be very rich…but harder to be very poor, too.
Everyone would be required to volunteer in some way – mentoring, helping practically, picking up an old lady’s shopping.
We’d talk to our neighbours and build stronger communities.
There would be fewer TV channels, and more libraries.
We’d take more time to sleep and rest…and spend less time on facebook and reading celebrity magazines.
As well as dispensing medicine, we’d have places like pharmacies where you could pop in for a cuppa and some sound advice.
We’d send more letters. We’d compare ourselves to others a lot less. And shopping would change from national pasttime to something you do when you need or want stuff and you have money to spend – whether you find it fun or not is less important.
Just thinking out loud really…and realising that there’s not much I can do in a ‘bigger picture’ way, but that I can, like Ghandhi said, try to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
So I’m going to try and work on the things I am in charge of.
Sleep more, gossip less (I’ve shrunk my gossip quota year on year on year, and this year I want it finally, totally gone. Understand that here I mean negative gossip, rather than anything of the “OMG, I love her dress / they are such a sweet couple / ooooh, have you heard the wonderful news? ilk. That stuff is golden). Work hard, and really try to enjoy all aspects of my job. I’m going to spend less time at home wasting time online…and when I do spend an evening lolloping the internet I’m actually going to enjoy it rather than feeling guilty! I’m going to read more and volunteer more and write more. Talk less and listen more. Shine and polish my little ‘Claire bubble’ as best I can so I become a person people smile when then think about. More smiling, less worrying.
Small changes together make big changes. At least, that’s what I’m hoping!