These are sobering times --- yet, there are signs of hope, new possibilities and opportunities standing right in front of us. A new and different path for mankind must be forged, don't you think? A new global consciousness among all people would be a big start.
Where do we begin?
A while back, I happened on an amazing read =====A copy of the original story of the real Johnny Appleseed, an American pioneer hero written in Harper's Magazine - November 1871.
I always thought he was just a guy that planted apple trees and wore a funny tin hat. He was much more...
---- as a matter of conscience he never purchased a pair of shoes. When given a pair, he passed them off to a boy in a needy family moving westward who he felt needed them more.
---- he purchased animals that he saw were being abused and found them good homes.
---- he wore the tin pan he used to cook his meals as his hat, adding an innovative pasteboard visor to shield his eyes.
---- he was loved by moms, dads, grandma's, the Indians because of his kindness and interest in them.
---- he believed in eating only food from the ground and was a strenuous opponent to wasting it because it was a Gift.
---- he was well educated and took time to read to others in such a way that he created pictures for others to understand.
---- he respected all forms of life.
---- he was trusted by all...and courageously warned his neighbors of British and Indian attacks saving many lives with his prophetic message.
---- he gave his money away.
He lived a good life as a loving neighbor and friend.
When he was near death, it his recorded that his features were all aglow with a supernatural light.
If we could just live our lives with a little more care for our neighbors and our world ---- a little more like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, the world would be much different.
What do you think?
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