Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Cleaning Up Gas Stations Along the Way 

Life is an opportunity to clean up.
First, take care of our own messes.
Second, clean up others' messes.
Third, awaken human consciousness.
Fourth, restore beauty and order everywhere.

Yes, we are all moving along the way stations.
We gas up our vehicles with nourishment, kindness, creativity and inspiration.
The gas stations are our kitchen tables, relationships, service and inspiring creations.
Whenever we are awake we can clean up and teach cleaning up our messes.

The more we let bathrooms and roadsides be littered, the more we bypass our work.
The more we assume others don’t care, the more we go to sleep on the job.
The more we make up excuses for adding to the messes we see, the more we lose ground.
The more we blame and deny our own unconsciousness and unwillingness, the more we add.

It is a conscious choice to be part of the solution.
It is a source of power to step forward and do our part.
It is part of our integrity to leave every place better.
It is joyful to know we are doing what we can do .

In every bathroom, choose to clean it up just a little.
Ask for help kindly from the management.
In every place of business, give appreciation to those who serve well.
In every transaction at home and work, remember to say “please” and “thank you”.

At home with loved ones, take responsibility, a demonstration of respect and generosity.
Remember that your laziness or lack of consideration for others will be modeled.
Be the change you want to see in your family life as well as in business.
There is no place we can lose our focus and consciousness. We are not alone.

Imagine that all you actions and inaction are being observed. (Because they are.)
Imagine that your behavior is seen and heard and felt around the world. (Because it is.)
Imagine that you are part of the problem or part of the solution. (Because it is true.)
Imagine that your loving kindness, generosity honesty and fairness is healing. (Because it is.)

You see, this world is a reflection of our inner selves.
Where I live in peace, I am creating peace.
Where I am speaking with respect, I am creating with respect.
Where I am acting with cooperation and harmony, I am building a world of love.

And so I am loving you and me, every time I clean a bathroom, smile at a stranger or give a little help.
I am so glad to be me, right here and right now.
Betty Lue