I have let these thoughts on Unbounded Hope simmer for almost two months, so I can approach them with a more open mind. The opening words “We seek” jump at me because my mind immediately said, ~Who’s We?~ That problem resolves itself because as one reads this short document the word we clearly includes everyone who wants to lead a more positive life. The way we seek to do this is by using the rebounding effects of our personal kind actions. When we treat others with kindness, they are more likely to treat us with kindness. But even more important for personal relationship with ourselves is that when we develop the habit of kindness towards others we also give it towards ourselves. We are then living constantly with a person watching for kind actions to perform, and that includes kind actions for ourselves. This rebounding is very different from selfish actions because those are founded on selfish grabbing, whereas kind actions are founded on helping others.
In idea 3 there is the word ” attractor “. That word refers to having prearranged positive goals already in place. When one goal is completed, at least for the moment, there is already another in place. The positive aspect of having these prearranged goals is that you can make them as easy and enjoyable as possible, or as challenging and productive as possible. It is your choice what you do next; as you finish one task you choose another. The choice of task is totally under your control. Always being in control of what you place your attention upon to do makes you feel like a completely self-controlled person. It’s the complete opposite of a person trapped as a slave being told what to do with their every action. I am changing “3. —creating open-ended attractor goals, so you and I and all living beings can have meaningful lives within our personal worlds.”, to “3. —creating open-ended attractive goals, so you and I and all living beings can be in control of our next goal and have meaningful lives within our personal worlds.”
In idea “4. —becoming known to everyone as dedicating our wisdom and energy to alleviating the suffering of all beings,” the word alleviating is too grandiose because there is no possibility of performing such actions. Thus the words “easing the suffering of all beings we encounter” are more actionable.
In idea “5. —helping everyone to find meaning in their lives by helping them to find a personal path to kind acts and thus to unbounded hope” becomes more specific and doable by replacing the word “everyone” with “those we encounter”. It is better to do tiny acts often rather than grand acts occasionally.
This version, #29, is revealed to me, from who knows where, as …
We seek unbounded hope for our future by doing another unique kind act, and by:
1. —exploring the orderly nature of our bountiful Universe, so we can help ourselves and others benefit from everything that it makes possible.
2. —striving to physically survive as individuals and as a species by seeking opportunities to live and participate in every favorable place.
3. —creating open-ended attractive goals, so you and I and all living beings can be in control of our next goal and have meaningful lives within our personal worlds.
4. —becoming known to everyone as using our wisdom and energy to ease the suffering of all beings we encounter.
5. —helping those we encounter to find meaning in their lives by helping them to find a personal path to kind acts and thus to unbounded hope.
6. —making a habit of giving our attention to individuals and acknowledging their wisdom and kind acts within our shared Universe.
7. —appreciating that we as people expressing diverse views to one another are more likely to discover the bounty of our Universe and the beautiful new ways we may choose to live our lives.
This rewrite #29 feels better to me, at this moment. Perhaps after a hundred more rewrites it will feel even better.