I want to
contribute peacefulness. If I can face all of my
duties and problems with a quiet confidence, looking calmly for
solutions rather than complaining about the way things are, I can
act as a role model for peacefulness. In this way at least I
won't be adding to the stressful input of those people who are
It would be
nice if I could also contribute some hope to this day, for
someone, somewhere. It could be in the form of letting them
know that I've been through what they have, and things worked out
okay, or in the form of helping them to see the strengths they
have that will help them to do what they need to do. Either
way, the hope they get can be very valuable for them.
I'd also like
to contribute courtesy. I can let someone else have a
parking space, I can hold doors open, I can let someone cut in
line, or I can simply say "Excuse me" when I walk in
front of someone.
There are some
things that I want to avoid trying to contribute. I don't
want to try to give someone else my way of doing things and expect
them to do things that way. I really don't need to share my
opinions as often as I tend to, except when asked. I really
want to avoid sharing criticism and judgment, and I don't want to
issue ultimatums to get people to do things I want them to
do. I don't need to express my anger or frustration all the
time, and it probably would be helpful if I refrained from
contributing what I know about other people--gossip never helps
whole day ahead of me, today, tomorrow, and the next day.
What I contribute to each of these days is, in short, my
contribution to the world. So what am I going to do?
Shall I contribute to the positive energy of the world, or to the
negative? The choice always is mine.