A mantrais a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".
Every Monday I will post a new thought, idea, or focus for the week. When you need a breather from life, when you need a little inspiration, or when you're about to jump over the conference table and strangle your co-worker, remember the mantra.
Monday Mantra: All the good in this life, wish for yourself - Garbage
I've been seeing a lot of really cool and wonderful things happening all over the world, and it got me thinking; What if we collectively took all these great ideas and implemented them everywhere?
Imagine a world that thought this way. Much like the Paris Summit (which we're failing, America...shame on us) it would be a council of all countries collectively taking the best ideas and making them happen everywhere, all over the world. The impact that would have is unimaginable. We'd flourish in ways never before seen.
Here are just some of the awesome things I've recently learned about.
A Seattle based nursing home that doubles as a daycare, which has changed the lives of both the kids and the adults. In our culture, the elderly are often forgotten. They're pushed aside and not given the time and attention they need. The kids also need that same time and attention, and there's nobody better than grandparents for that task. In this awesome setup, both parties gain joy and have their spirits lifted by being there for each other.
France does a lot of really great things, for instance:
Their food experiment that ran back in 2014 when they introduced "ugly" produce to a grocery store. Most people don't realize this, but insane amounts of perfectly good food are thrown in the trash because they're not pretty enough to sell to the public. (Side note: I was so fascinated with this, I did a final project on it for my business degree. I created an entire plan around how we could bring that here to the US, implement it, and use the produce in Food Deserts as well with specially designed food truck drop offs. It wouldn't be that hard, we just need the right people to support it. It's asinine how much food we waste, especially when you consider how many people are starving.)
They've just recently put strict rules around how thin models can be, sending a message that health is more important than how you look. If you break this law, the penalties are steep. On top of that, if a photo has been retouched to make a model look thinner, a note on the photo must state that.
They also just became the first country to ban plastic utensils to help improve and protect the environment.
France, you're so badass. I've always been a big fan, but these things make me love you even more.
In many other countries - such as Germany, Iceland, and Norway - college tuition is free or far less costly for students. It's seen as a gift the country collectively can provide so that the students can get the education they need to better support the economy when they become working citizens. The burden and stress of repaying the massive college loans is removed from their shoulders, helping them focus strictly on their education.
Canada is killing it in the climate change department. They have a lot of beautiful land to protect and they take that very seriously. They've come up with ideas and solutions that touch basically everything you can think of when it comes to environmental issues. It's impressive.
Most countries have well thought out maternity and paternity plans that provide new parents up to a year off. This is thought to help them establish strong and healthy family bonds, so that the little people they raise grow up to be good, productive, responsible adults that can contribute to society.
Let's not forget universal healthcare. Did you know in 2016, Italy was ranked one of the top ten countries to provide the best quality of healthcare? They believe it's a human right that everyone should have access to healthcare, not that it's only for those with the means to afford it.
I'm sure there are a lot of other wonderful things happening in other places around the world that I'm unaware of, so I apologize if I missed anything. I hope one day all of our leaders can come together to create a unified world where we learn from each other, grow with each other, and work together to create the best possible planet earth.