What Would Be My Plan For The World? (If I Were Asked)

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How does one make a difference in a world that appears to be filled with evil?

I worry about homeless people lying in the streets in subzero weather. I remain deeply sorrowful over the devastation of uncontrollable events such as the tsunami tragedy, 9/11, school shootings and child abductions. I think about victims of theft and murder as well as, folks who are ill and disabled.

Often my emotions are a jumble of guilt and helplessness as I conclude that I, Sparklea, a speck in the universe, simply cannot save the world.

I silently ask God, "WHY did you decide my existence?"

The inaudible voice I continue to hear replies, "Sparklea, it is not meant for you to exist. You are here to LIVE. You are a gift, as are all others on this planet. If you remain an unopened gift you cannot offer to others what treasures lie inside you."

I then wonder if I can offer to anyone a plan for the world?

To anyone reading this: I can NOT give you solutions to global problems. I have no charts, maps, graphs, statistics or arguments regarding what are right or wrong decisions.

Yet, many ARE dedicating themselves to certain causes to assist our planet. Celebrities are attempting to do great things such as saving the environment, feeding the hungry, fighting diseases, child abuse, animal cruelty and getting criminals off the streets.

But, what about US? What can WE do?

Most of us are busy and preoccupied with our own lives and problems. Yet the world DOES extend from our back yard.

William James, the father of American Psychology, stated that the power to move the world is in the subconscious mind. For example, historical evil leaders have used the power of suggestion as a tool of destruction. They made sure that slogans, posters, signs, flags and pictures of themselves were visible throughout their countries, slowly convincing people to assist them in their evil deeds. A constant repetition of words and phrases can result in the rhythmic flow or movement of the earth.

Back to the question: "What can be done?"

We have seen examples of what evil suggestions have accomplished.

Why not try the reverse?

If I had the money and the klout, here is what my plan for the world would be:

I would spread one single phrase throughout the world, and it is this:

THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF YOU.

I would hang banners at the entrance of all cities, states and on buildings such as schools and universities. I would see to it that this message was flashed on every television station and on screens in movie theatres. I would distribute bumper stickers and buttons. I would pay radio stations to have each DJ say several times a day, "The world is a better place because of you."

I would hire a famous person to write a song with the lyrics, "The world is a better place because of YOU," with the hope that, eventually many would ask themselves, "What talent do I possess that I could use for good in this world? "What simple deeds could I perform to make the world a better place in which to live?"

Here is a true story I heard a few years ago:

A female listener called into the Glen Beck radio program. She said she would lock herself in her bathroom to get away from her family.

For two days she prayed for a spiritual awakening. The third day, while eating a sandwich at a diner, she noticed a man on her LEFT trying to drink his coffee. His hand was shaking so badly he could hardly get the cup to his mouth.

On her RIGHT was a teen with spiked colored hair, tatoos, pierced eyebrows and a bolt through his nose. He was bopping around with his earphones on. It disgusted her to witness how self-centered this teen was and appalled at the man who couldn't drink his coffee.

As she thought about the unfairness of the world, she went back to reading her book.

Suddenly she looked up and noticed the spike haired teen walking over to the man. The teen cupped the shaking man's hand in his and helped him lift the cup to his mouth. He then helped the man eat his food.

She asked the teen if he knew the man. He replied, "No, I figured he needed help."

This woman had received her spiritual awakening. She felt humbled and ashamed that she had sat there, judging the teen and doing NOTHING.

Here is an example to how one person can make a difference in our worldl. That teen had just contributed his part in making the world a better place in which to live.

As for my part, although I am a drop in the ocean, I do not intend to remain an unopened gift.

As I continue to write with the purpose of contributing to the happiness of others AND to manifest LOVE (per Billy Buc's hub regarding purpose), like that spike haired teen, even if I do a little, it is better than doing nothing at all.

Blessings, Sparklea :)

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Lea, you are as good a person as I know on the internet and just by being you....you make a difference. This is a beautiful hub with a very important message and a great way for me to start my day. Thank you so much for mentioning me; hopefully others will read that banner of yours and start to make a difference.

Blessings and love to you,

bill


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Lovely piece Sparklea and agree with Billy- Sometimes doing something small has bigger impact than trying to take on the whole world.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I commend you for writing about such an extremely important and insightful message. You have a good soul and I hope many more read this fine example of that. I often say we are all part of a ripple effect. One tiny stone is capable of turning into a huge ripple.

I tip my hat to you.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Sparklea,

You always have uplifting hubs with a special meaning. As I was reading this, the old cliche' of "never judge a book by its cover" came to mind. It would be natural to assume that the young man would not be the one who would help the other man. We would assume that because of his attire. We would all be wrong. As we both know, God works in mysterious ways and you never know who is going to be the instrument that God uses to help others. Just as he has used you to help so many, he uses others in different ways when we least expect it.

Up and awesome.

Larry


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

What you wrote was fantastic! It helped me remember something. I copied and pasted it. But, it does mean that it does make a difference, even if you only help one.

A traveller was walking along a beach when he saw a woman scooping up starfish off the sand and tossing them into the waves. Curious, he asked her what she was doing. The woman replied "When the tide goes out it leaves these starfish stranded on the beach. They will dry up and die before the tide comes back in, so I am throwing them back into the sea where they can live."

The traveller then asked her "But this beach is miles long and there are hundreds of stranded starfish, many will die before you reach them - do you really think throwing back a few starfish is really going to make a difference?"

The woman picked up a starfish and looked at it, then she threw it into the waves. "It makes a difference to this one" she said.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

billybuc, THRILLED to see you on the comments! Always! THANK YOU for your positive feedback. I still have that note on my bedstand that my purpose is to love...per billybuc! I REALLY wish I could do more in this extremely vast universal population with all the people, vegetation, animals, gorgeous nature.

I really think one of the greatest questions one could ask her/himself is, "How can I make the world a better place?"

I believe the answer would eventually come.

God bless you real good! Sparklea :) PS: It has been extremely with so much going on, but I'm on Chapter 4! I want to get to know tweetie! :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Hi Lynn! SO glad to hear from you, I believe you were my very first follower?! Very encouraging when that happened! THANK you for taking time to read this hub and for your positive feedback. So very much appreciated! Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Shiningirisheyes: THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading this hub and for your comments! Yes, I totally believe in the ripple effect, it's amazing how one small event can have such a positive...or negative...effect on so many things.

I appreciate your encouraging feedback. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Larry: Your feedback and encouraging words mean so very, very much, and thank you!

Yes, you are right, never judge a book by its cover. I found that true story to be so profound, and I am sure, being on a radio station, it affected many listeners. I know it did me.

I could visualize the whole scenario, and my heart just melted when I heard that story.

God bless and thank you from my heart for your response to this hub :)

Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Michele: THANK YOU so much for your lovely words and the story about the starfish. What a wonderful description of a caring person making a difference. Thank you for sharing it!

I've always said, "I can't do everything...but I can do ONE thing (which is better than nothing). Just think if we did just one thing each day to add a positive to someone or something, at the end of the year we will have contributed 365 "one things" to the world.

God bless you real good, Michelle. Sparklea :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I was touched by your hub and the story of the spiritual awakening. It is amazing at how simple every day things make such a difference in our purpose in serving Christ and others. Thanks for the inspiration. Voted up.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

THANK YOU teaches 12345 for your positive feedback. I would love to write a book on all these little spiritual awakenings that are so easy to forget. I try to log circumstances that are positive so that I can refer to them later. I don't want to forget the wonderful little blessings in life.

God bless you real good. Sparklea :)


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LailaK 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Simply: WOW! I am enthralled by how simple your hub idea was, and yet how meaningful and deeply it potrayed the true meaning of life! I love your referral to William James and how you would use positive phrases to change the world towards the better. I wish that there were more people like you in our world, Sparklea; because it would have been amazing and certainly more positive. Thank you for writing this awing hub! And thank you for inspiring me to open myself as a gift!


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Ugly Honest 4 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

Sparklea, ... "The World Is A Better Place Because of You." !!

Up and So Useful ... (but we must remember to actually use this)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Ugly Honest, THANK YOU for visiting this hub and for your positive comments, so very much appreciated! Peace and love begin with the individual. All I know is that if we purpose to make the world a better place, that is the best way to begin. Our inner Spirits will guide us with what to do. I ask each day for God to guide me intuitively moment by moment. Blessings to you, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

LailaK: Thank you from my heart for your very kind words. I certainly do have flaws, but the good news is that when I screw up I try to immediately go back to my inner Voice: God...ask for His grace and mercy, then proceed forward. Difficult at times! We can always start over the next minute. I hope that I can get together this book I'm writing and then finding a publisher would be the miracle of the century. The competition is so fierce! It would be so wonderful if I could get a book out there to encourage the readers to make the world a better place.

God bless you LailaK. Sparklea :)


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glmclendon 4 years ago

Sparklea, good writing. You have a way of adding a little sunshine to the day . God has blessed us with a wonderful person that we meet on the HUB and each time its a great experience.

Stay Well


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

glmclendon: THANK YOU for your beautiful, kind words. It has been extremely hectic, and I am very behind with reading hubs AND creating them, but I hope to get back on track by next week. Lots of errands and appointments and events going on.

I have your hubs in my inbox to check out. Your knowledge of the Bible and your faith in God is incredible. Can't remember if I told you about the book titled 1000 Gifts by Ann VosCamp. I've told a few hubbers about it...I HIGHLY recommend it. One of the greatest writings about relationship with Christ I have ever read. You can check it out on www.amazon.com

YOU stay well, too, and God bless you real good. BLESSINGS SPARKLEA :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Sparklea, how beautiful and powerful is your message!!! You, just being you, makes a huge difference in this world just by showing up and smiling that beautiful smile of yours and always having such wonderful words of encouragement for all. God made you who you are, and you are a blessing to all who know you. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Faith, thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I'm so honored to have met you through HubPages! I love seeing your smiling face pop up and so glad you are back! God bless you real good! Love Sparklea :)


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan

Sparklea, what a beautiful message. I too feel the weight of oppression in the world around us. I long for Heaven where all wrongs will be made right. I love the message God spoke to you: "Sparklea, it is not meant for you to exist. You are here to LIVE. You are a gift, as are all others on this planet. If you remain an unopened gift you cannot offer to others what treasures lie inside you." Reminds me of what Jesus said "I have come that you might have life and that you have it ABUNDANTLY." He does want more for us than mere existence.

Loved the story about the spiritual awakening. Jesus died for us .. the spiked hair kid, the bum, the stinky man, obnoxious woman etc. If we see people as God does - we will see a person He sent Jesus to die for.

Your love for Jesus just shines Sparklea. I am always lifted when I come to your page.

Blessings Sister!

Mekenzie


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Mekenzie I am so happy you visited and read this hub! Yes, ALL of us are here for a reason and to LIVE, not exist! Jesus put us here, and if we could just see the world through the eyes of Jesus so much more good could be done!

I read yesterday a reminder to RECEIVE God's grace. We are given His grace as believers, but I think it is so easy to forget that. I ask God every single day to guide me intuitively moment by moment and I long for Him to consistently remind me of His Presence. It's so easy to get caught up in tasks and to become distracted.

THANK YOU for your wonderful kind words. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

What a beautiful story. We are too quick to judge sometimes aren't we? I think God holds us responsible for the tithe we are required to give. If everyone made sure that went to any one of these things around us we would see problems solved. Enough money has been put into buildings that will one day soon have no stone unturned.

Up and sharing.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Hi Jackie! KUDOS to you and Faith for the wonderful adventure you have both started, and hoping it will cause a domino effect! That being said, THANK YOU for reading this hub. Yes, it is sometimes hard not to judge. I totally agree about the tithing. I started seriously tithing in 2006 and God has never failed me. He tells us in his word to TEST Him and we KNOW He will always come though. God bless you real good, and I am so glad to know you through Hub Pages. Sparklea :)


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Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

Good Evening, Sparklea.

I'm pleased to make your acquaintance ma'am, and thank you for your lovely message on the fan mail.

A wonderful piece of good news you have written about here, showing us that a spark of spiritual awakening, followed by a loving kiss from the flow of the heart is sometimes all that is needed to make that fundamental, and practical difference, simply by promulgating a beautiful attitude, which you have handsomely illustrated.

Thank you for your blessings, and may you and your family continue to be happy.You are a marvelous example to us all.

With Kindest Regards,

Romeo's Quill


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Romeos Quill:

Thank you from my heart for your lovely comment on this hub. I always feel such gratitude for those who take time from their busy schedules to read hubs. I think I can speak for those of us who love to write that we who are a part of this hub community so appreciate positive feedback from others who share our passion.

God bless you and thank you again. Blessings always Sparklea :)


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

Sparklea Out of all your wonderful hubs this one hub jumped out at me.I am not sure why until I read each line.Your sweet kind thoughts grace me with power and love today.I often wonder how can I do more and get frustrated because I see so much I have no control over.Left helpless to just watch and wonder if I had been there would things of been different.Then I realize we can only control our own lives and do the right thing and when other people see our actions they may choose to learn from them or not.We are all given free will to do whatever we want.Good or bad.I pray we make the right decisions.Then again if it wasn't for the dark we would never know the light.If it wasn't for sadness we wouldn't understand how wonderful it is to be happy.Seeing and believing in everything you do.May God guide you in all your efforts to continue to make this world better.Thanx for helping my day become better and finding people who make changes in the world a little at a time makes everything in life wonderful.I will pass your beautiful words along and with great hopes they will be passed again and again.Your hub triggers many emotions and beliefs I strongly support.Great job sharing so much love.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

DreamOn: thank you SO much for encouraging me to keep writing. YOU keep writing too! I am just a speck in the universe, but I know God has put each one of us here for His purpose. Everything we own is really His, on loan to us until we see him on the other side. His patience, grace, mercy and understanding is a result of Jesus died on the cross. He covered it all. God bless you real good every minute of today! Sparklea :) I so appreciate your kind words. :)


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Sparklea,

The beautiful Faith Reaper has already convinced me how deserving you are of a hug, but now I must give you two! :D I absolutely appreciate your heart and compassion. I think it is so important to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. The world seems to be concerned with knocking people down, but I'd much rather pick them up. I love your message!

THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF YOU!

Hugs and more hugs!

Up and more ~ Sharing too!

Cat


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W1totalk 3 years ago

This is a beautiful turn around article. It is very sweet, strong and motivating.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Cantuhearmescream: I am so thrilled to hear from you and thank you from my heart for your lovely comment on this hub. I am totally convinced there is much more good in this world than evil. Those who purpose to make the world a better place can start a positive karmic domino effect...in my opinion. One person can make a world of difference. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

W1totalk: Thank you so much for taking time to read this hub and for your lovely comment. So very, very much appreciated. God bless you real good, Sparklea :)


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Sparklea,

I couldn't agree more; there is hope and maybe it starts with us! It's so refreshing to hear you say and know it's more than worth a try!

Blessings to you!

Cat


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

THANK YOU so much for your positive encouragement, Cat :)

I truly feel there is so much hope for good in our world, and one person can make a big difference. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Sparklea,

Greetings and Congratulations. I just read Faith's hub about you, and she is correct. You are such an inspiration and this particular hub is stellar. For the breadth of my career as an educator, I worked with students identified as at-risk for drop-out. The kids in this program were often the spiked hair with metal jewelry types- very much like the teen who helped the man in your story. As sad as it may sound, the truth of the matter was that these kids were the kids most of the other teachers did not want work with--and yes, there were many challenges--but I learned so much from these students about grace and goodness.

The same is true about you, Faith and Jackie: grace and goodness. I truly feel blessed to be among folks such as yourselves.

Thank you for having a sparkling heart that cares about others.

Most humbled,

Kim


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Kim THANK YOU for your lovely words about this hub. I so appreciate your taking time to read it. I just read your hub about the TV show Criminal Minds and commented on it. Thank you also for following me.

Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Every individual makes a difference to the whole. Like a little cogwheel on a clock. United we are a powerful influence on the world. Well done!


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Nadine thank you so much for taking time to read this and for your positive feedback. You are so correct that every individual makes a difference. God bless you real good, Sparklea :)


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skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

sparklea I missed this from way back when. Girl there is nothing new under the sun. This is a beautiful and heartfelt write. The Spirit of God moves on your heart precious woman to touch so many lives. I know I have been touched by your beauty. The Love of God is not an off subject for you. I love Gods answer to you. How can you know your gifts if unopened. Sometimes we do have to jump out there and love. There is so much hurt and sorrow. Jesus says we are to be salt of the earth. We are to be His feet. What an honor and joy to serve him. Your writing is a gift dear woman.

I have not seen you in a time. I know you have been busy serving. I am checking in on you. I do pray all is well in your neighborhood. May Gods favor continue to shine in you girl.

My Love , Skye

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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Skye, THANK YOU for your lovely words, so very much appreciated. I am so busy and feel like I am chasing my tail, but God is good and I make it a point to record His blessings every day. I am going out of town tomorrow, but hope to get back on the Hubs soon. I have had so many medical appointments, but I am doing great. All is well...God bless and thank you for your comments. Blessings, Sparklea PS I just saw a movie titled "God's Not Dead" ...it is playing now. You and your sis should go see it...phenomenal.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Great hub and a lovely true story. Voted.


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you Nadine...so appreciated...wondering how you like Africa? Everyone I have talked to who has visited Africa says it is just a wonderful place. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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bluebird 2 years ago

Really liked this Sparklea, it's straight from the heart and I can see yours is big and you're a wonderful person to know. Thanks for encouraging us all here to not be so quick to judge, but quick to act in love. It's the little things that mean a lot in this world, and with 7 billion of us all doing little things for each other in concern and kindness, it adds up to TONS OF LOVE! Thanks so much for your presence here, it is appreciated.


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Hi Bluebird, what a lovely comment...and so humbling...your presence is so valued on Hub Pages. So many writers, so little time...I'm asking God to organize my days so I can be on the hubs more...I have met so many lovely people, you included. Anne VosKamp is a terrific author, I think you would like her book, 1000 Gifts. If you google her, you will see what an inspiration she is. She is married to a farmer and has 6 beautiful children...her photographs are off the charts.

God bless, and may you and I both do something significant today to make the world a better place in which to live. Sparklea :)

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