Just as a snowflake begins as a tiny speck in the Earth’s atmosphere that joins with other snowflakes thus blanketing the earth; so is each tiny action we take to make the world a better place.
In spite of the economy, here in the U.S. we are blessed to live surrounded by such abundance that the thought of millions of adults and children starving and dying of malnutrition in neighboring countries is almost unthinkable. The fact is, even here in the U.S., perhaps right around the corner from your neighborhood, there are families struggling to put food on the table.
In 2009, more than 1 billion people went hungry (Global Hunger Index) and an alarming 3 million of all child deaths, including right here in the U.S., were linked to malnutrition (World Health Organization).
Unfortunately, the current economic situation has put most of the world in a relentless state of fear and scarcity. Many of us wander around constantly reminded of everything we lack, forgetful of all that we have and all that we can do to help those around us. Many people are starving emotionally as well as nutritionally.
Yet, the majority of you reading this article right now do not necessarily need to live with a scarcity, fear-based mentality. You likely have an abundance of resources at your fingertips to support you to live happy, healthy and to prosper. All that you must do is accept what is offered and then take diligent action to improve your life.
Organizations, such as the United Nations have set steep goals to halve world hunger in the next five years, but the reality is those goals may not be feasible unless more of us step in and each do our part, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to contribute to ending this epidemic on a personal level.
Often recognizing what others do not have is a good motivator to recognize what YOU have and live accordingly. Your choice to live well affects the health of the entire world.
Practicing daily gratitude and appreciation for what you have, and using that gratitude as a catalyst to motivate yourself to treat your body with respect, in turn fuels deep feelings of self-respect that radiate outward and begin to affect those around you.
Affecting worldwide change begins with yourself, and has 3 key components:
- Learn to listen to, and then honor, the needs of your body. Eat when you are hungry; drink water when you are thirsty; rest when you are tired. Refuse to eat high-fat, heavily processed and pesticide-laced foods that destroy our environment and ultimately make the people of the world sick.
- Understand your emotions and avoid using food to cope with stressful life situations. Manage your stress; resolve your conflicts. Use whole food as fuel for your body to manage the good and the bad times in your life.
- Use your emotional and physical energy to understand the needs of our global community and take action to advocate for what you feel the most passionate for.
The seeds of worldwide change begin at home, in our own bodies, with our own selves and grow outward to our families, neighbors, cities and the world at large. Today, decide that you will help to make the world a healthier place through personal accountability and global awareness. Embrace all of the abundance that exists around you with gratitude and thus fuel the energy needed to actively make a difference for those who truly do need more.