Accentuating the positive

In recent months, my main personal objective has been to – in the words of the old song – “Accentuate the positive … Eliminate the negative.” Negative thinking simply blackens the soul; causes physical, mental and emotional dis-ease; and puts insurmountable hurdles in the path of progress. But it’s important that we do more than just ignore the problems in the world. We have to take steps to make things better.

I have taken to heart the attitude expressed by Mother Teresa when she stated: “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”

I read this on the ECOLIFE Foundation website and it definitely struck a chord with me, so I wanted to share it:

“Around the world so many predictions for the future are very dark. On any given day, news is dominated by topics such as climate change, water and food shortages, stories of forest loss and dust bowls. When there are trashcans filled with food, how can there be food shortages? With richly landscaped desert homes, how can there be a water shortage? The answers are easy as we step back and look globally at our world. Each continent and island shares an ocean with someone else. No country survives without exports and imports. No matter what your politics or desires – we already live in a global community where all of our activities are ultimately linked.

“ECOLIFE Foundation is dedicated to resolving conflict between conservation needs and community needs. For example, ECOLIFE looks for a sustainable balance between conserving a forest and providing local communities fuel wood or construction supplies for survival.

“Our approach to conservation and humanitarian work is holistic. ECOLIFE believes that there is still space and resources for all people and wildlife that hold this fragile web of life in place. We believe conservative use of our resources will allow more people to improve their quality of life, better manage family sizes and ultimately allow us to live in greater harmony.”

Notice they never say they’re “battling” a problem or “fighting” a negative practice. Instead, they’re taking POSITIVE actions to make our shared earth better for all. Specifically, their “wish list” of actions includes:

• Saving butterflies
• Giving young women access to education
• Planting trees
• Reducing water-related conflicts with wildlife in Kenya
• Reducing our carbon footprint
• Reducing our water footprint
• Reducing deforestation
• Reducing the incidence of death due to water borne diseases
• Protecting our watersheds
• Helping to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our families and friends

Now that’s what I call POSITIVE thinking!

I hope you’ll check out ECOLIFE Foundation and support them in reaching their goals!

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