A Better World Starts Here…

This morning…there was a question posed on Google

If I could create one thing to make the world a better place…

Well…immediately…my mind started racing…some kind of chocolate…dishwashing robots…self-cleaning floors…plus sized clothes that make me look model-thin…

Thankfully…Bertha…stopped me before my list became longer than my arm…reminding me…that although there have been many inventions that made the world better…there are many people who do not have access to those inventions…who…are incredibly happy in their lives…and…there are many people who have access to them…who…are incredibly unhappy in their lives…

Bertha…says…that a better world is…a happier world…and that one invention or even ten…won’t do that…that it is an inside job…then she reminds me of the three things that we all want and need in life…

To be heard…

To be understood…

To be loved…

And…while she says it is important for me to offer this to the people in my life…that…it is most important…that I start with myself…really listening to my inner voice…understanding who I am and what I’m saying…and…loving myself…

Jane…

Mistaken for Granted…

A writer friend of mine recently posed a question on Facebook…why is it that strangers see your worth…and…appreciate you…but…your own family continues to take you for granted…

Well…Bertha…immediately jumped all over that one…but not the way that I had…imagined…even hoped…she would…yes…I thought she would bemoan…how under loved and underappreciated I am

Instead…she turned the question around…asking me…if my family and friends would ask the same question about me…

What…well…uh…no…of course they wouldn’t…

But…honestly…sometimes…they would…

Sometimes…I get so busy and tangled up in my life…that…I don’t truly appreciate everything that I should…or…that’s not quite true…I appreciate it…I just don’t get around to expressing it…and…for some reason…I just…assume…that they know…that it is somehow understood

Bertha…laughed…and assured me that the…assume…rule definitely applies here…she…also reminds me…that everyone…needs three things…

To be loved…to be heard…to be understood

And…that part of being loved is being acknowledged…and…she challenges me…to love…to hear…to understand…and…to acknowledge…today

Hmmm…I think I have a bit of work to do today…and…for days to come…

Jane