I follow a really neat thread on Instagram called The Human Connector (#thehumanconnector).
Every day, THC asks new people this question:
If you had a megaphone and can speak to the whole world for 30 seconds, what would you say?
Those of you who have been following this blog here for some time are likely aware I often feel closer to non-human beings, and especially animals, than I do to my fellow homo sapiens.
But The Human Connector, by posting people’s responses to this question, is helping me find fresh appreciation for my own species as well.
And honestly, in the time I’ve been following THC, I have yet to read any response that isn’t packed full of love, empathy, compassion, hope, encouragement and upliftment.
We aren’t so bad….really….or some of us aren’t, anyway.
Naturally, I’ve also been pondering what I might share, if someone (like, say, THC) walked up to me on the street holding a megaphone and handed it to me and I didn’t immediately faint.
The trouble is, all the shareable stuff that comes to mind is stuff I believe in but can’t quite manage to actually practice.
For instance, there is the Dalai Lama, one of my all-time mentoring favorites. His Holiness has often been quoted as saying:
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Sure it is. Except when I forget. And mostly, I forget starting with myself.
(Here is also where my love for animals kicks in, since I never forget to be kind to my parrot, Pearl, or my two shells, Malti and Bruce. As it turns out, it is easy to remember to be kind when there is “cuteness” involved.)
But otherwise, once I forget to be kind to myself, it is all downhill from there, and even the Dalai Lama’s timely reminders can’t stop the boulder from gathering its typical steam.
So I could yell right through that megaphone and tell anyone within earshot to “be kind whenever possible, and it is always possible.” But then I’d need to run really fast (after giving back the megaphone, of course) so no one asked me for any clarifying details.
And people’s answers are really great on the THC site, too. They are lengthy and well thought out. They are quite enlightened. The featured folks are often (though not always) youthful and very attractive, with wide white smiles and deep thoughtful eyes.
It is easy to believe these young lights – our future living out their lives right in front of us – have it all together and stand in integrity behind their own wise advice.
But as for me, I think the most honest words I could share come from an obscure one-hit-wonder movie called “That Thing You Do,” during a scene when talent scout Tom Hanks signs boy band The Wonders even after an abysmal noon performance and then advises them:
Do better tonight than you did today.
This just about sums up how I live my life at present. Perhaps this morning was sucky, full of self-unkindness, general incompetence and other glaring omissions.
But the day isn’t over yet. Thank goodness.
Or, as another favorite mentor, Don Miguel Ruiz, often shares,
Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment.
Now these are words I can live by and even shout out – with a little help from a certain handy megaphone.
Today’s Takeaway: If someone handed you a megaphone with 30 seconds of free airtime attached, what would you say?