Last weekend I watched the wonderful documentary on Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (which I suggest that you watch also, since Fred Rogers was an extraordinary man). While I was watching it, some of the words mentioned in regard to the mess that’s the U.S. right now were “Tikkun Olam” which I’d never heard of before. The words were referenced with regard to the question ‘what can we do to help ourselves and the world right now’? The response was “repair the world”. I’m leaving a link below that better explains the background and original meaning of these words, but also emphasizes that the meaning that is usually associated with these words has to do with repairing the world by means of social justice and human responsibility toward fixing what is wrong with the world.
While changing the entire world is a huge task, and one that most of us are unable to achieve, after watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor? I was struck by how much each one of us can change the world. How, you might ask? By changing the world we live in. Of course, we can sign petitions, march in protest, vote and give money to causes that resonate with us. We should do all that. But there are also direct actions that we can take. We can declutter and make our homes as peaceful as we can. We can also work at a soup kitchen. These actions aren’t either/or, remember. We can treat everyone we see with kindness. And, for those of us who have limited money, it can be the most direct way of repairing the world. I hope that I can manage to create a better world right where I am. Hope you are inspired to do the same.