There is Hope

It's a bright sunny day in a back garden somewhere in London. I'm talking with Robby about worldly things. I'm feeling a bit despondent with the world - it happens. I'm asking how, given our (the human race's) current state and our apparent desire to reap destruction on our own people and our life support system - the biosphere - how, can we hope to build a better world. There's a twinkle in Robby's eye. And I'm sure his feet do a little shuffle and his hands a slight flurry. All bubbles as the anecdote rises to the surface. I remain patiently quiet...

Take a lily pond. Today the pond is full of lilies. These particular lilies, everyone of them grows a child lily every day, so they double their surface area every day. Yesterday the pond was only half full. The day before that a quarter full. The day before that an eighth. And before a sixteenth. Five days ago a thirty tooth. And 6 days a 64th. And on and on...

Only a month ago when we looked at the pond we didn't see any lilies and, furthermore, couldn't have imagined that here we would be standing by this pond full of lilies in a month's time - right now. Geddit?

Yeah, I get it. Things change. That's the nature of things. Sometimes in ways that we don't expect and at speeds we couldn't have anticipated. Solutions can arrive apparently instantly to problems that have lasted years. There's so many reasons to be positive about the future and to live in hope. Tomorrow may be a completely different day.

So, the question for me is how can I be a part of the process of positive change? How can I be most effective to bring about a better world?

I'm looking at the lily pond full of lilies. There's a gentle breeze. The sun is going down. Its reflection is dancing on the water - slight gaps the lilies have graciously left. It's a beautiful sight. And the scent is oh so sweet...