Global Unity Compassion Games 2016: "Tomorrow Together" Mission 6: Unleashing Patience
For Reflection: Before you move on to Mission #6, reflect on yesterday's mission. Do you feel that happiness and well-being should be studied in the same way we study sickness? What was it like to reflect on what in your life brings you genuine happiness, and do you believe happiness is good for your well-being? How might you create more space in your life to share what brings you happiness with others? I am a student of happiness. We have too many lessons of sickness and violence, because if it bleeds, it sells. The more I play these games and study the science of happiness, I realize that happiness is not a lonely soldier, it is interconnected to the experiences we have with our environment, word that includes humans with me, and how fulfilling what we are doing is in a reciprocal way to all involved.
“Nature does not hurry, yet accomplishes everything.” -Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher
Agents, our sixth mission is to nourish our trust in life, and in doing so, realize the profound gift of patience.
Take a look at your body... at your hands, arms, torso, legs, feet, fingers. Feel the flicker of awareness and thoughts that flow through your mind. Recognize your own unique personality, which is one of a kind in the remarkable universe we call our home.
Take a good look, and soak in what you see, because it has taken 14 billion years for the universe to arrive at you.
That’s right! 14 billion years is the current estimate of how old our universe is!
It’s clear that Mother Nature was not in any hurry to finish the universe, yet look at what she has accomplished: she has literally accomplished everything.
Everything we have ever felt, heard, thought, seen, learned about, experienced or will experience is the result of Mother Nature’s slow, mysterious growth, from planets to stars to solar systems, to the vastness of diverse life forms, to you!
Yet human beings, especially in the Modern World, seem to have stumbled upon quite a peculiar problem: rather than nourishing the patience it requires for life to unfold the way it naturally wants to, human beings have attention spans that are increasingly, well, decreasing. We expect to learn, or read, or do something within a few seconds; anything longer requires too much time. And we have become addicted to results, to the end of an experience and what we might gain from it rather than the joy of an experience itself.
Patience, as it turns out, really requires trust: a trust in the universe, and a trust in life. Have you ever seen a plant grow faster from an impatient human tugging at its roots or leafs? Of course not! This would surely kill the plant in a rush to make it grow before it was ready.
Often, we human beings can have a similar impatience with ourselves and those around us. We tug at ourselves, thinking we can force ourselves to grow, or learn, or do something quicker than it can be done. As a result, we can burn out and grow tired. We stop trusting life, because we end up not receiving the slow, gentle, and patient nourishment we so require to grow strong, happy, and true.
In the following video, Agents Oprah Winfrey and Louie Schwartzberg will guide us through the mystery and science behind patience.
Champions of Compassions
Tune into the Global Unity Telesummit hosted by the Shift Network for the sixth day of the 11 Days of Global Unity!
Today’s Telesummit features youth leaders Aji Piper and Rachel Marco-Havens around the sixth theme, Children & Youth!
The SDGs aim to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people – especially children – have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round. This involves promoting sustainable agricultural practices: supporting small scale farmers and allowing equal access to land, technology and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity. Together with the other goals set out here, we can end hunger by 2030.
Your mission today, Agents, is to simply stop, sit down, and observe life happening around you.
Find a place outside where you can safely observe nature or other people going about their day. Notice the feeling of the weather on your skin, and maybe how the breeze gently moves the world around you. Notice any clouds passing overhead, and track their slow, steady movement. Follow the activity of animals, and watch with a patient curiosity as they move through the world.
When you interact with others, listen to them with patience. Take the time to appreciate their lives, and recognize that they, too, are alive on this planet, and going through the pains and joys that life can bring each of us.
As you reveal the power of patience in your life, remember to report your experiences on the Compassion Report Map to inspire others around the world!