Northern Expressions

Northern Expressions: Good Wishes Are Not Sufficient

Every individual has a responsibility to guide our global family in the right direction

Good Wishes are Not Sufficient

Happy Friday, friends! Mr. T came across this quote by the Dalai Lama this week and we both thought it worth sharing:

In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged. – The Dalai Lama

We can no longer let the world move forward without our voices. It’s time to make sure your elected leaders know what you are passionate about. You cannot complain about the situation if you haven’t personally done something to try to fix it.

Start at home. Start with your family. Start with your neighborhood. Start with your city. If we can spread kindness and goodness from the bottom up, the impact will eventually spread. No one can change the world for us. It’s time to become actively engaged.

Love, Maggie


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  1. I try not to waste my energy complaining, but funneled into actions. If I am busy doing the important work, it seems to help calm my anxieties about the world.

  2. ChooseBetterLife

    Great advice. Hugs to you and thanks for the motivation to pay it forward every day.

  3. Yes! I am a firm believer that our attitudes and actions are contagious. If we feel discouraged and act in angry, we will see or flourish around us. Thankfully, the opposite is also true. Let’s read love and understanding! I’d much rather live in that world and leave it for the next generation.

    Mrs. Mad Money Monster

    • MaggieBanks

      But that sentiment seems so lost in this world! Let’s hope it gains traction again!

  4. This is how my family survived war on their own land and communism: take care of each other. Look out for your family, look out for your neighbors, be kind and compassionate. Don’t let anyone stand or speak out against injustice alone, join them, present a strong front. Don’t assume that injustice against you is more important than those perpetuated against them, embrace them all and take them on together. Whether you speak by phone, by mail, by fax, by marching, speak. Watch your back and watch theirs. That was my parents’ generation, these things shouldn’t be too hard to remember as long we’re doing it together.

    Also – in the picture, why are the paddlers standing the dragonboat? That doesn’t seem safe!

    • MaggieBanks

      Thank you so much for your perspective. Seeing the march pictures helped me feel a bit more hopeful. We can do what we can and hope people will join us and we will join those doing more than we are! (Pictures in Cambodia… doubt it’s safe, but they’re racing for the King!)

  5. Chris @ KeepThrifty

    Great words of encouragement and direction!

  6. Awesome words of encouragement Maggie!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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