I realized in early December that the “collapsing global economy” is just a story; a repetitive, debilitating conversation that lives in fear and insufficiency.
Some quotes from an inspiring essay by Christopher Travis.
Instead of meltdown panic, let’s construct the new!
“Today I am creating another conversation that is more powerful, more fulfilling and more workable. I am creating hope and abundance. I am creating a world in which anything is possible, a world in which people all over the planet make the impossible possible every day. I am creating a life for me and my family in the new paradigm I see building all around me. I declare the changes going on in our world are the collapse of a tired old way of being and the genesis of a new one that will transform our lives for the better.
I am creating a conversation about a new “bottom up” economy in which all are included, one already being built all over the planet by the young and the visionary. I am creating with my words a system of exchange and value that recognizes our interdependence, that is endlessly and systemically innovative, an economy of infinite possibility, of sufficiency, an economy that works for everyone.
The conversation I am having is that the old is falling away and the new is born. Winter must come before the flowers of Spring can bloom. I am telling the story of a butterfly that is just beginning to emerge from it chrysalis, its wings not even unfolded yet…a story of the glory of flight.
This conversation is not one of airy-fairy mysticism. It lives in the material, in the brains and words of human beings. It is a story of hard science, corporate and political realities, a pragmatic evolution forged in technology and human cultural evolution that has been growing for many years. It is a new interpretation of reality that is available to everyone all the time. Real people can act on it in their lives at any moment. It is a conversation makes things work where they do not, like all new technologies that have value.
We are going home, home to our better selves, home to new relationships, new systems of behavior, new technologies and new societal and economic structures. But first, we have to see the debilitating conversation that prevails around us for what it is. We must turn negativity into possibility. We must make our stands for a world that works and act upon them.
The old must die before the new can prevail. We must quiet the cruel wind of fear that fills the tattered sails of the sinking ship of excess, failure, scarcity, corruption, partisanship, self-interest and greed that plagues our country and our world.
It is not hard to do that. All we have to do is change the subject. All we have to do is notice the “glass half full” rather than the “glass half empty” and share what we see with those we meet. After all, positive interpretations are no less real than negative ones. There is ample evidence for both and I would assert that positivism is the more pragmatic.
Words have power. Speaking is an act of creation. If you want a “better world,” all you have to do is pay attention to the one that already exists and “cast your vote” for a world that works each day.
I invite you to join me in this new conversation. We can create it together in the days and months to come. In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday season. Love your family, your friends and neighbors. They are our true riches.
Take heart. A new and better world is being born.”