Take a look. A Colorado man decided to play his saxophone for some cows in the pasture. His wife filmed it. It is a sight to behold. Thank you sir for making the effort and bringing joy to so many.
To act from love takes courage. Our world stage seems in a power struggle between returning to a past ruled by a few through fear, and a possible future when love dominates. Love energy creates, cooperates, heals and opens up new possibilities we can’t see in fear mode.
Leaders or not, what do we each need to do within ourselves to speak, think and act from a loving place versus a fear-based place?
Peace matters. In our hearts. In our families. In our communities. In our organizations. In our leaders. In our world.
Here is a quote by Marshall Rosenberg who developed the curriculum and trainings, Nonviolent Communication.
“Never make a request from a position of authority without revealing your heart.”
Maybe we can build a world and lucrative industry of Peace Makers:)
Marshall B. Rosenberg
Marshall Rosenberg in 2005
|Born||October 6, 1934
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||February 7, 2015 (aged 80)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
|Residence||Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin–Madison
|Known for||Nonviolent Communication|
Marshall Rosenberg (October 6, 1934 – February 7, 2015) was an American psychologist, mediator, author and teacher. Starting in the early 1960s he developed Nonviolent Communication, a process for supporting partnership and resolving conflict within people, in relationships, and in society. He worked worldwide as a peacemaker and in 1984 founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication, an international non-profit organization  for which he served as Director of Educational Services.
This video was made a few years ago, and is still amusing. Nothing like a bit of innocent fun. Enjoy.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Golden Rule is the underpinning truth of what is taught in all religions, faiths and practices. These are basic truths that come from kind, wise hearts.
We can deny the truth of the Golden Rule yet denial does not change what is true.
Do as you will, as long as you harm no one.
When we have a reaction or response to something that seems crazy or messed up or seems to favor a group of people but maybe not us, asking Who said? is a good step in untangling what may not work for you, or maybe our world anymore.
Isn’t it wild to realize that every rule, law, decision of how things need to be, from fashion, to the stock market, to recycling in our neighborhood, people decided that it made sense and now this is how things are accepted as the way? Who said? Who showed up at those meetings, or had the influence, or knew it would work for making more money or be good for the environment? What was motivating those who decided? Who Said?
It is good to question a lot of things we may take for granted into believing as solid truths. Beliefs we hold , we might make sacred about a rule, law or method.
We believe certain things as that is just how the world works. Who told us? Who makes up the world? People. Who decides? Those in position of power or influence at the time, or those who show up with other ideas. And in many cases we all have choice. Whether to follow the herd (mainstream) or follow your inner voice of reason and rightness. Trust what is right for you right now, as that usually is where there is true wisdom for oneself and ultimately for our relationships, family and communities. (And we don’t mean justifying our bad behavior and saying that is our inner wisdom.)
Mainstream anything, is just that, the herd not making wise choices for everyone, but doing what is easiest or most convenient for them. Pay attention. When those in your orbit say something they believe to be just the way it is, but it feels crazy weird to you in this changing world, ask yourself , is that right? Who Said? Who does that favor? What is another way I can participate, act, be, contribute that fits my nature right now and does no harm? Do sexy women wear red stilettos shoes? Do strong men not cry, share feelings, or do laundry? Who said? We each can decide, and in our own confidence or choice, be it micro or macro level, we say.
Who Said? Better conversations and solutions may come from us just asking Who Said? We all can listen, explore, untangle assumptions and amend the plan, practice or direction. Who will be most motivated to ask Who said , and listen? Those who aren’t currently being served by the way things are being done in our homes, work places, communities and beyond.
Who Said? Don’t take this author’s word for it. Keep asking and noticing and making the change that you want to see.