We’ve cracked open the door. Should we creep, step or burst through?
Something pretty great has happened. Because hundreds of organisations and thousands of people like you around the world signed the petition to end the World Bank's destructive Doing Business rankings, a crack has appeared in their armour.
I delivered the Joint Statement - along with some fresh soil representing the millions of small-hold farmers around the world who have been displaced by these policies - to the doors of the Bank itself in Washington DC. After initially being refused, I was met by some of the key officials. They were very polite, said a couple of extraordinary things – like the fact that they don't think it is their job to change the economic system that drives inequality, they just implement the Business Rankings country by country - but agreed to meet farmers groups to hear more.
Talking is essential but not enough. We were clear with them: we will help them listen to our partners but we are…
This story is about more than mere kindness; it's about the essence and the power that compassion offers all humanity.
Many of us cry every time we watch this movie. Perhaps it's because we wish we'd had someone in our lives who had shown us that compassion. Or maybe it reminds us of all the special people who have made a difference in our lives, and we cry with gratitude.
For most people, the problem with being compassionate is that we fear if we offer it we'll somehow be condoning and encouraging hurtful behavior. Yet, in a story like Teddy's, we can see right away how a life can be changed for the better, with changes lasting the span of a lifetime.
The real power of compassion is choosing it in the midst of difficult situations involving behaviors that we find upsetting and entirely off-putting. How can one be expected to be compassionate in the midst of fear.
How indeed? And yet this is what this story is all about. While it is fictional, it is most possible. From…
Is it possible that destiny takes over leadership in your life? I assume each of us made experience of sudden shifts in his/her life already. - Some shifts happen due to mistakes we do ourselves. Most of them can be reversed once we discover it was a mistake.- But there also happen other shifts that you first do not realize as such until your own life was turned upside down and you discover this shift cannot be reverted anymore.
The second kind of shift happened to my wife and me.
We have been globetrotters for decades and still enjoy this kind of nomadic life. You get in contact with many countries, people and cultures. But you also experience how many people on this planet actually need help desperately.
One of these days our boat brought us to Fort Lauderdale, a wonderful little city along the Florida east coast. We met an extreme spiritual lady, who performed metaphysical seminars. Having studied this science for many years already and also having experienced quite some metaphysical…