I'm pretty positive and not much can get me down, but I have been pretty sad the last few days.
I hate feeling negative and gloomy, but I've had the wind knocked out of me in the last few days because of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 innocent children between the ages of five and ten died.
I found out on Facebook early Friday afternoon, just as I was able to leave to go workout. My heart sank, and what was a great day turned depressing immediately.
I don't know the details about the tragedy and refuse to read more about it, but all I know is that someone was disturbed enough to go kill innocent children.
The thought of happy and innocent elementary school children being slaughtered stuns and saddens me.
I'm not just sad for the victims and their families, but I'm sad for mankind.
We like to think of ourselves as civilized and more advanced, but when things like this happen, it seems like we have not progressed at all. We are just simple beasts and animals… and maybe worse. At least most of the animals in the zoo don't kill the young from their own species.
I am sad for mankind.
How Does Society Allow This to Happen?
It's easy to get angry and come up with reasons why the killer, Adam Lanza, did it.
But the harder question is to ask ourselves,
“How does a ‘civilized’ society create an environment for this to happen?”
At one time, Adam Lanza was just like every kid, and had good intentions. He was just like you and I. He had emotions, desires, and frustrations.
Apparently he also had good parents.
So what societal pressures did he face that caused him to do it?
If Neil Armstrong's steps on the moon were a “giant leap for mankind,” then this tragedy is ten steps back for mankind.
We can talk about mankind's technological advances and progress, but in the end, if something like this can happen, we have all failed.
We have failed as a civilization, and we need to analyze our values, our governments, our policies, our actions, and ourselves. We need to look back at everything and ask ourselves why this is happening?!
What Are We Doing?
This tragedy also gave me a different perspective on my challenges. It made me ask myself, “What am I doing?!”
Are my daily actions making the world a better or worse place?
What values am I living and teaching to others?
We need to take inventory of our daily actions and think about whether or not we are making the world a better place.
We need to ask ourselves these questions because it is so easy to get caught up with the “worldly” things such as materialism, greed, and pride. I know this because I often find myself falling into this trap. I pull myself out of it, only to find myself falling back in, and then I have to get myself out again. It is a tough cycle.
Doing More Good
As 2013 approaches, many of you are setting goals and planning for the New Year. I plead that instead of thinking about what you want to achieve, think about what good you plan to do.
Our world needs us to do more good things.
If we all become more selfless and think about others more frequently, we can make the world a better place and help prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook from occurring again.
My Goals for 2013
One of my goals for this upcoming year is to find ways to do more good through my network marketing business. I read Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren over ten years ago, and I realized that God's purpose in my life was to “have a positive impact on as many lives as possible,” and that was one of the reasons I chose a career in network marketing. The industry allows me to help others; it gives me a strong passive income that creates a great lifestyle for my family and me, and it creates the opportunity for me to inspire others and help to change their lives.
But network marketing is not perfect. It has traps as well. Often there is a lot of hype about money and other worldly things that are potential traps that make us focus on our desires instead of others.
So I must be careful. While traditional business is about making money, how that money is used and the values that are behind it are what determines our contribution to civilization.
If we have bad values to begin with, more money will make us worse. If we have good values begin with, then more money will make us better.
Go Do More Good in 2013
Whatever career you are in, ask yourself, are you making the world a better place?
If not, then I encourage you to commit your time and resources to doing something that has lasting value, something that contributes to mankind.
That’s my goal for 2013. What’s yours?
Our civilization depends on us!
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