142. What Can You Do for the Government?
Do you often sigh, saying “The government doesn’t do anything for us.” That they’re a bunch of “@#$%$#” who spend the whole day filling their pockets. Do you then blame the government for everything that goes wrong in your life? Then you may be partially right, but for the most part, you aren’t. You forget something: if you want change, you’ll have to work towards it yourself.
The government cannot innovate
People whose time is governed fulltime by writing official documents, studying law proposals, speaking with the media, debating with colleagues from their own party and those of other parties, have little possibility for innovation! They just don’t have the time and room for it. And when they do have the time for it, it takes years before anything changes because of the slow decision-making process! That takes too long because change and innovation is necessary NOW! Now, how can the government realize innovation? I’ll tell you: by being presented with ready-made plans. And who makes these changes and innovations? People like you and me!
People who do things their own way
Changemakers are creative people. They don’t accept the “normal” way of doing things and look for totally new ways. They are “out of the box” thinkers and come up with the most wonderful inventions. New forms of health care, such as independent units of caregivers or care for troubled young people. New forms for the production of energy, such as the large-scale use of solar panels. New ways of dealing with environmental pollution, such as cars that drive on electricity or hydrogen gas. New forms of people- and animal-friendly clothing production, such as bamboo or soybean clothing. Change happens because of enterprising people! I love these enterpreneurs and strongly believe they are our hope for the future, by building good new ways of living!
Byron Katie – The Work
In her work, Byron Katie developed four wonderful questions:
1. Is it true?
2. Can you absolutely know it’s true?
3. How do you react—what happens—when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be without the thought? And turn the thought around.
If you look at everything you think and are certain of in terms of these four questions you’ll discover that you’re not so sure about things anymore! Moreover, you create a lot of fuss yourself, in your own mind (read article 141. Disagree With Your Thoughts). What fascinated me is the fourth question, to turn the thought around! If you’re angry with “the government” for not doing anything for you, what about if you turn this around: what do you do for the government?
What do you do for the government?
If you see that the people who represent you politically barely have the time, peace and space for innovation, for extensive change, isn’t it handier to do something about it yourself? To turn it around and show that things can be different! By setting up projects, by building, bringing people together, by inspiring. By setting a good example and showing that it works! By letting step 9 do its thing: clarify your mission and life! Government leaders will be grateful you’re presenting it to them on a platter so they can just embrace it! And if they don’t embrace it, it doesn’t matter because you’ll persevere with your project anyway!
An abundance of wonderful examples!
I’ve got good news for you. There are already millions of creative minds in the world working to turn things around and bring about lasting change. Totally new forms of agriculture such as permaculture, totally new forms of energy production such as solar panels, hydrogen gas or cold nuclear fusion and new light bulbs, and totally new organizational structures to provide people with health care, such as specialized clinics. Totally new schools that allow the child to follow his curiosity, and new forms of decision making, such as sociocracy. A wealth of examples! I collect them and help by promoting them. Because when I promote them, their ideas can be easily copied and applied to other areas and other countries.
Are you an initiator or an encourager?
People who take initiative are inventors and creative people. Let them do their thing! What they need are encouragers; people who support them by taking work out off their hands, by supplying materials, buildings or a piece of land or through financial support. So much is possible! There is so much to do; there are always people who need helping hands.
Step 9 of the MIR-Method: ‘Clarify mission’ ensures that your own wisdom and talents become clearer. You can contribute in your own way so you can build on creating lasting change in society.
Want to add your project?
If you want you can promote your project here below. Let others see what you are doing, how it works, what is your goal. And if you need people or money, just let people know. You never know who may join you or help you! It is good that your initiative spreads throughout the country and gains followers everywhere! Thank you for telling me about it! My wish for all of us is many wonderful initiatives and totally innovative projects. To make all of our lives better and make things easier for the government!
With innovating greetings,
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Thank you for your wisdom and your newsletters. I do love the MIR method. Although I am a newbie – having discovered the MIR method only weeks ago, I do feel that it is very helpful and my body, mind and spirit are already reacting in surprising ways.
With regards to #9, Clarify Mission, as I have understood from my spiritual teachers, one’s mission in life needn’t be one of actively going out and changing the world, proselytizing, or being a revolutionary…
There are also the silent ones that can create subtle energy changes in their environment, who can calm the waters in any situation. The silent ones that act as beacons of peace who can change negative, volatile environments sheerly by virtue of their powerful groundedness. Their inner peace shines brightly and they need not even say one word. Some of these people need only walk down the street, or through a crowd and bless everyone. The Indigo children and the Chrystal children were said to have this – dare I call it Superpower?
They needn’t preach about anything as their energy, actions and demeanors speak volumes. There’s a feeling when they walk into a room, many may not be able to pinpoint what this is, but they are benefitted from a beautiful presence and energy none the less. Those who are ready come to them and ask them how they can find that certain something within themselves.
With # 9 it must also be acknowledged that there are many ways a mission in life can be manifested. The gentleman, Charles in the aviation industry, who wrote below need not change who he is at all. Maybe there are more subtle ways of planting seeds in those who are seemingly not ready or unable to open their ears or their eyes…
Please forgive me if it is not my place to “have my say here”. I felt moved to write and so I did…
Thank you again for your work!
All my best,
Love reading your messages. They are so meaningful. I have been doing the 9 steps for over a year now. Everything in my life is falling in the right place. Thank you for so much of encouragements. Have now started to do the 9 steps for my children once Everyday. Hope they can also have a balanced life.
Thank you so much. Love and light
I’m familiar with The Work, have used it and know it works. I’ve also been using the MIR method for around two years now.
The “Clarify Mission” is very pertinent with me currently. After having been out of aviation for four years I finally managed to find a job on a flight deck this year. However, the airline has been going through much change and many people are negative and continually moan. It’s not easy sitting next to a pilot colleague who does nothing but complain the whole day. I try to help them change their perspective by talking about gratitude and using other spiritual teachings. This has only caused me problems. I’m seen as “odd” and have been told my my boss that I’m forbidden to mention anything of a spiritual nature in the cockpit. If pilots want to moan, to let them moan and show more empathy. Basically I can’t be me.
I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe I need to leave this field (which is a shame as I still enjoy flying) and look to where my input/experience is welcome.
So yes, please…”Clarify Mission.
Love and light,
How hard it can be to be around complaining people… What I learnt from Marshall Rosenberg, is that people who complain, actually cry out for needs they have. The need to be heard, be seen, for example. Maybe there is a change in tactics necessary in your communication so you can still stay in your job. Who knows… maybe something will cross your path that DOES allow you to work within aviation, but with more positive people around you. I wish you changes for the best, in nearby future!
Thank you for embracing the MIR-Method!
Greetings, Mireille Mettes
Yes I think everybody would learn nonviolent communication by Marshall Rosenberg, we would all be able to get along.
As always you write so simple, well and meaningfully.
You are making a difference and you will continue to do so.
Thank you so much for encouraging me in my work! It’s people like you who help me continue and who show me how helpful my messages are. Thank you! May the MIR-Method bring you much good!
Greetings, Mireille Mettes