A cow and a house by the sea
I was sitting in church today and our minister said that when she was little, she told her dad that all she wanted when she was older was to own a cow and live by the sea. She said that she hadn’t persuaded her husband to put a cow in the garden – yet, but that she had managed to live by the sea for most of her life.
And one more thing
Then she said her father had said that she needed one more thing for her list. Whatever else she wanted to do, she needed to want the world more beautiful. Wow, I thought. A wise man. If everyone in the world had that as their aim, how would it change? If I had this as my aim, how would I change?
Making the world more beautiful
I’d be more thoughtful, remembering what mattered to others. I’d use my creativity to bring beauty and joy to others. I’d leave old relationships with more love, I’d live new relationships with wiser, deeper love. I’d watch where I shop, I’d reduce all my rubbish, I’d pick up the rubbish from streams and from roadsides. I’d look after this earth for the next generation, and plant trees, flowers and food. I’d be kinder to those I know – and be randomly kind to strangers. I’d give what I can to those who have need of it. I’d ensure that my home was a haven of order and beauty. I’d remember to stop and stare at a sunset. Or see how a tree buds in spring. I’d make sure my clothes were all mended and smart, I’d throw out what no longer fits me and make a new start. I’d appreciate freedom, and make sure I voted. I’d do what makes MY heart sing, as I know that allows others to do the same. I’d point others to hope.
What will YOU do to make the world more beautiful?