In the movie Pay It Forward, a seventh grade, social studies’ teacher asks his students several profound questions:
1. “What does the world mean to you?”
2. “We’re not global thinkers yet, but why aren’t we?”
3. “What if the world is just a big disappointment, unless you take the things you don’t like about this world, and you flip them upside down…and you can start today.”
4. “What if it’s possible? The realm of possibility exists in each of you.”
Many times people procrastinate sharing possibilities–thoughts, ideas, or plans that could change the world–because they are waiting on other catalysts for world change such as political, religious, and socio-economic systems, which are often big disappointments.
To be a global thinker, adults and youth look beyond their neighborhoods, countries, nations, and systems of the world. They become aware of global problems, and they view themselves and other citizens of the world as catalysts for world change.
The song “We Are The World” sung in the YouTube video below says:
“We can’t go on pretending day-by-day that someone, somewhere will soon make a change…We are the world!”
“There’s a choice we’re making. We’re saving our own lives.”
The movie Pay It Forward and the song “We Are The World” clearly send the message that we are the ones who can and must change our world.
In the book My Grandfather’s Blessing by Rachel Naomi Remen, she writes about our collective human task and how we can serve, sustain, and restore the world:
“We do not serve the weak or the broken. What we serve is the wholeness in each other and the wholeness in life. The part in you that I serve is the same part that is strengthened in me when I serve. Unlike helping and fixing and rescuing, service is mutual. There are may ways to serve and strengthen the life around us: through friendship or parenthood or work, by kindness, by compassion, by generosity or acceptance. Through our philanthropy, our example, our encouragement, our active participation, our belief. No matter how we do this, our service will bless us. When we offer our blessings generously, the light in the world is strengthened, around us and in us. The Kabbalah speaks of our collective human task as Tikkun Olam; we sustain and restore the world.”
In the Pentateuch, God asks Moses the question, “What’s in your hand?” Rabbis, priests, and ministers use this question to challenge people to contemplate who they are and what they have, which they can use to serve God and humanity.
In the same ministerial way, the Pay It Forward social studies’ teacher challenges his class with the following assignment for the year:
“Think of an idea to change our world and put it into action.”
As the Pay It Forward teacher challenged, “What if it’s possible? The realm of possibility exists in each of you.” And as God said, “What’s in your hand?”
You might have a laptop with a wireless Internet connection, a cell phone, or some other media device in your hand, which can give you an almost immediate, greater awareness of global problems.
With all the new media devices available, more people also have greater opportunity to become aware of each other’s thoughts, ideas, and plans. These communication devices now give global thinkers the means to globally communicate with other global thinkers, in a hope to find possible solutions to small or large global issues.
Is it possible that Hope Unites Globally HUG Award Recipients, throughout the world, can work together as global thinkers? Can HUG Award Recipients share their newly established identity and unity and be catalysts to help change our world? IF SO, HOW?
Think big, or think small! And be sure to leave a comment. Let’s get a discussion going about possibilities!
If you are not a Hope Unites Globally HUG Award Recipient and would like more information about the award, please read the HUG Award Guidelines at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/
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