There’s much talk going on about some company in the UK wanting to build a life-size replica of Minas Tirith. Wouldn’t it be cool to take a stroll through that city while reading portions from the Return of the King? It would bring part of Tolkien’s book to life. I imagine that our reaction would be similar to some poor or homeless person walking into our own home and imagining living the life we live.
It’s wonderful to dream, as long as we remain in touch with reality. When our dreams have no room for social justice, they have no room in our society. The needs of the unfortunate ones won’t disappear because we ignore them. As interesting as the project sounds, I think money would be better spent building houses and facilities for those who don’t have the luxury to afford respectable living conditions. Thus, instead of building a large Minas Tirith to tickle our imagination, we’d build smaller versions of the city by giving a home and respectable living conditions to those who live without means and, perhaps, without hope.
Be a light to your world today!
photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/8377440@N02/2335203440″>Minas Tirith</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/”>(license)</a>
We’ve all had thoughts or dreams of changing the world. Perhaps we see ourselves giving this life-changing speech. Perhaps we imagine ourselves negotiating peace treaties between hostile nations or writing books where we explain life lessons in ways people never thought. It can feel like people are waiting to hear the right thing and if we could just figure out what, we’d be the one to make that difference.
The truth is that we can dream of making big changes all we want, but it all starts in our day-to-day life. If I want to make this world we live in a better place, I need to start with that small fraction of the world that’s part of my day-to-day life.
It doesn’t have to be complicated: friendly smile to people I meet throughout the day, quality time with my spouse and children, uttering words of consolation or encouragement to someone in need, giving a meal to homeless person, etc. The possibilities are endless.
In the grand scheme of things, it can seem insignificant. However, if everyone tried to brighten the day of those they meet in their day-to-day life, this world could almost become a true paradise. If we start living this Gospel charity in our own lives, our example can inspire others to do the same. A simple act of kindness can go a long way.
Imagine how many mental health issues would disappear if we learned to treat others with their God-given dignity.
Be a light to your world today!
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We all have dreams of making a difference. Whether it be to invent new means of communication, to solve world hunger or poverty, or simply to be that positive voice others need to hear. Whatever our dreams are, they are still dreams. We’re not there yet.
Last post, I spoke of how fleeting time is in comparison with eternity. Our life is relatively short, and we only get one shot at it. So instead of dreaming, start living your dream. To live your dream, focus on being that person you dream you become… the one that can make this dream come true.
You don’t have to be perfect. You just need to be the best you can be. Be Super You! Super You does the little stuff with just as much passion and determination as the big stuff. Super You has the ability to see obstacles as challenges to be overcome. Super You doesn’t compromise with mediocrity. Above all, Super You is still human. So make sure you remain realistic with yourself while striving for your goals.
Be a light of “super-ness” to your world today!