A young father was working on his taxes, at least he was trying to work on his taxes. His work was being interrupted by his six-year-old son who kept pestering him with question after question.
Finally, the dad couldn’t take it any longer, so he looked around the room to try and find something he could use to occupy his son. Spotting a nearby magazine, the dad riffled through the pages until he found just what he was seeking – a page that featured a busy photo.
This busy photo was actually a large globe, and that dad carefully removed it from the magazine. Then he tore the page up into a number of pieces and handed the shreds to his son saying, “Here you go, son. Just sit down over there and put this puzzle together for me.”
The son took the torn pieces and set to work. About two minutes later, the little by shouted, “All done!”
The father was shocked. “How could he have done that so quickly?” the father thought, as he got up to walk over to where is son was proudly sitting on the floor in front of his completed puzzle.
“That’s amazing son,” said the dad, “how did you put all those torn up pieces of the world together?’
“It was easy,” said the young lad. “When I started to put the world together, I saw a picture of a man on the other side of the page. So, I just put the man together. When I put the man together right, the world ended up right, too!”
Once you get the people right, the world will be right, too.
But getting all the people right is a challenge. I mean, what is right to me may be wrong to you and vice versa.
However, there are some areas in which we can all find some common ground.
Kindness, compassion, empathy, understanding, sharing… that’s a good start. And we don’t have to stop at acting this way for just people. We can act that way toward all animals, the planet, the universe and beyond.
While there are so many things that separate people from each other, what does unite us is a sense that we all have feelings, we all want to love and be loved, we all appreciate a hug and everyone – no matter what language is spoken – everyone understands a smile.
And while trying to fix the world is a daunting and admirable task and many people try – perhaps, we need to take a closer look at ourselves. Before trying to change or fix the world to how YOU think it should be, maybe you should take a look at yourself first.
As we start the New Year, maybe the challenge can be to focus on putting ourselves together, and then like the little boy’s puzzle … the world will do the same.
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