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“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” ~George Bernard Shaw

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to remind you of how interdependent we are on a global scale!

You’ve likely heard of the butterfly theory that suggests how the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can impact the weather thousands of miles away.  In an April 14, 2020 Fast Company article by Parag Khanna and Karan Khemka, they reinforce this concept even further, with sobering predictions for the future by saying,

“In chaos theory, the butterfly effect describes a small change that can have massive, unpredictable consequences. An insect flaps its wings and, weeks later, causes a tornado. The coronavirus is more like an earthquake, with aftershocks that will permanently reshape the world.” 

If there ever was a time to take our heads out of the sand and realize that we are indeed connected, now is the time!  We all have a responsibility to our sacred planet.  And I’m not just talking environmentally.

Close up of a butterfly sitting on a lady's cupped hands

In this, the last blog of my June series on the subject of accountability, I saved the topic of our collective responsibility to our sacred planet for this final installment. Why? Because, what we do now as we come out on the other side of this pandemic will impact our planet for generations to come.  It’s that important.

Now, I’m not one to retract into fear when I read articles like the one I mentioned in Fast Company – The Coronavirus Butterfly Effect, however I don’t think it’s wise to run away from the opinions or predictions of experts who you trust to tell the truth.

I think it’s important to be informed but not to let fear and worry immobilize you. Like I said before, we have a choice in how we respond over the next few years.  Listening to and reading varying perspectives can only help us to become more open-minded so that we can innovate in ways that will assist the planet in healing.

My hope is that we morph into a kinder, more collaborative global society, realizing that what benefits one, benefits us all.  Only when we arrive at that common understanding can we shape what’s been broken into a better way of being.  And for all of us, that will be joyful living!

Here’s a daily mantra to remind you to keep promises that matter:

green mandala with text overlaid - I promise to be accountable to my sacred self so I can be accountable to my sacred circle of family and friends, to my sacred community, and to my sacred planet.

Love from your Joy Mama,

Gloria Stewart signature

P.S.  If you read the Fast Company article that I mentioned in this post, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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