The fact is, the math in the beautiful short film below is very straightforward. The story may feel convenient, but it is both truly possible and completely logical.
For dramatic purposes this storyline does double back on itself, but in reality most of these cases would feature people who would be paying something forward to a different person, who in principle represented the same ideas. So if you got picked on as a kid, you’ll be extra patient and you’ll be extra helpful to any kids who you see getting picked on, not just ones that are directly linked to your personal past.
A better world is only a few decisions away. 7 billion people just being a little bit kinder, a little more patient, a little more helpful, a little more generous, and a little more loving—that can make a world of difference.
Remember, buckets are filled with drops. So don’t tell me about how crappy the world is. Use that same energy to care for another person. Because when we do that, 7 billion tiny acts adds up to one really big change.
Whether you want to accept it or not, this is how the world really works. You are a key architect of the world you live in. And we share that responsibility as a larger society. So let’s start living a better life by planting the most profitable crop for our soul and our psyche.
Stop focusing on gaining happiness by working harder, accomplishing more, or having more money. Because people can do all of that and their product can be war, or guns, or high interest loans. That clearly hasn’t lead to much happiness for the world, so let’s sew seeds of love and compassion at every opportunity.
Don’t complain about the world and wish it was better. Love the world as a verb and it will become better. It really is that easy.
Create a beautiful day. Create a beautiful life. Create a beautiful world. And you can start right now, with the person closest to you. Enjoy.
Scott McPherson is a writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and nonprofit organizations around the world.