We are living in treacherous and murky times.
Most of the 40,000 visitors to my site are described in the contents of this letter, dazed and too afraid to say anything going through life, taking and giving nothing back in return. perhaps this letter will get them to respond!
The horror and atrocities, in Syria and the senseless bloodshed of countless "lambs". Yes, we live in a time of great pain and confusion. As fellow creators and dreamers of this world, we beg you not to become discouraged by what you see and hear but to use your own life as a vehicle for the construction of peace.
It’s true that the issues facing our world are complex, yet the answer to peace is simple; it begins with you. You don’t have to live in a third world country to make a difference. Each of us was put on earth with a unique mission. We are all links in a giant chain, where the weakness of one link profoundly affects the entire chain, You matter, your actions matter.
This letter is written with the entire world in mind and my thoughts transcend all boundaries and apply to all people, regardless of who you are or what your circumstances are.
ABOVE ALL ELSE, AWAKEN TO YOUR HUMANITY
You are not alone. Even your thoughts are elements of a larger mindset as we cannot create alone. What this world needs is the culmination of the emerging humanistic awakening of the desires of many who are trying to raise their life's condition to a place where our actions are rooted in altruism and compassion.
You cannot hide; you have to be human. Right now, no matter where you are, focus your energy on becoming the best human you can be. Focus on developing empathy and compassion. Through this process you’ll tap into a collective wealth of inspiration rooted in the complexity and curiosity of what it really means to exist on this planet.
UNDERSTAND THE TRUE NATURE OF OBSTACLES
We have this idea of failure, but it’s not real; it’s an illusion. There is no such thing as failure. What you perceive as failure is really a new opportunity, a new hand of cards, or a new canvas to create upon. In life there are unlimited opportunities. The words, “success” and “failure”, themselves, are nothing more than labels. Every moment is an opportunity. You, as a human being, have no limits; therefore infinite possibilities exist in any circumstance.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO INTERACT WITH THOSE WHO ARE DIFFERENT
The world needs more one-on-one interaction among people of diverse origins with a greater emphasis on art, culture and education. Our differences are what we have in common. We can work to create an open and continuous plane where all types of people can exchange ideas, resources, thoughtfulness and kindness. We need to be connecting with one another, learning about one another, and experiencing life with one another.
We can never have peace if we cannot understand the pain in each other’s hearts. The more we interact, the more we will come to realize that our humanity transcends all differences.
BE WARY OF YOUR EGO
Arrogance can develop within a business or culture, either from someone who believes that their status makes them more important, or those whose association with a specific creative field entitles them to some sort of superiority. Beware of ego; creativity cannot flow when only the ego is served.
WORK TOWARDS A BUSINESS WITHOUT BORDERS
The medical field sets a gleaming beacon with an organization called Doctors Without Borders. This giant effort can serve as a model for all, transcending the limitations and strategies of old business formulas which are designed to perpetuate old systems in the guise of new ones. \
This amazing international aid system is already in place and has existed for several years, discarding the antiquated system that conditions consumers to purchase only the products that are dictated to be deemed marketable, a system where money is the only means to an end. Living with such integrity can bring forth unimaginable benefits to all living creatures.
FINALLY, LIVE IN A STATE OF CONSTANT WONDER!
As we grow older, parts of our imagination tend to fade. Whether from sadness, prolonged struggle, or social conditioning, somewhere along the way people forget how to tap into the inherent magic that exists within our minds. Don’t let that part of your imagination fade away. Start a gratitude journal, made famous by Oprah Winfrey, (she attributes her entire wealth to the "counting of daily blessings")
Much of what exists is a product of someone’s imagination; treasure and nurture yours and you’ll always find yourself on the precipice of discovery.
You may be asking, how any of this lend to the creation of a peaceful society, well, It begins with a cause. Your causes create the effects that shape your future and the future of all those around you.
Be the leaders in the movie of your life. You are the director, producer, and actor. Be bold and tirelessly compassionate as you dance through the voyage that is your life.
From a letter: By Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock To the Next Generation of Artists