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It looks like the world is waking up.
An old story is being retired, line by line.
In the old story, the people compete to win at any cost.
In the new story, we can all win.
In the old story the Earth and all her riches are exploited.
In the new story, we respect our home and we preserve its beauty.
In the old story, treaties and promises are broken.
In the new one, we are trustworthy and trusting.
In the old story, fear is the loudest voice at the table.
In the new story, it is love whose soft voice is heeded.
In the old story, we are separated.
In the new story, we are one.
The outer world is a reflection of our inner worlds.
What we think and feel shows up in the mirror, on the street corner, and on the other side of the world.
A well-known legend tells the story of an anthropologist who was studying the ways of an African tribe. He placed a basket of fruit by a tree, then challenged a group of children to race to the tree, and the fastest would win the basket of fruit.
The children grabbed each others’ hands and then ran to the tree together where they sat down and shared the fruit.
The researcher was amazed and asked the children why they had done this, as the winner could have taken the fruit for themselves.
The children responded, “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the others are sad?”
Ubuntu means in the Xhosa tribal culture, “I am because we are.” Ubuntu places others above the individual, stating “I am happy, because you are happy. “
In this new story we are creating, I am happy because you are happy.
We are connected, interwoven.
I lift you up and am then uplifted.
I believe in the win-win.
Respect, love, and integrity outshine the greed and selfishness of previous chapters.
Nelson Mandela said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Join me in writing this new story, the one in which we are kind.
There is a chapter titled: Respect for all Living Things.
You are the hero of this story.
And another chapter — No one left behind.
And another–We are the ones we have been waiting for.
And another–Everyone Has What they Need.
And another — Each person has a gift
And the final chapter?–
Because when love wins, we all win.
So let’s write a new story.
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