Our world is the most beautiful place we could imagine,
yet we who live here take it for granted
and abuse what has been given us to enjoy.
If I had the power to change anything,
I would open the eyes of every person in North America
so they see through the eyes of someone who has never seen
what we take for granted.
I would pour wonder into them again, gratitude,
and I would figure out a way we who have so much
could share it with those who have so little.
I would pick up and hug every unloved
and uncared for child,
hand them to someone with empty arms
desperate to hold them by the heart.
I would find a way to stop wanton waste,
pray for those who have much yet are so unhappy
and I would put an end to greediness and hatred.
There is much that needs changing in our world,
but all I can do is change myself
and I work on that every day of my life.
I ask myself why I think I need another pair of shoes
when I can only wear one pair at a time,
why do I think I deserve more food than I need three times a day,
what can I give to someone else today that would make their day better.
That’s all I have the power to change in this world.
©2005 Sharron R. McMillan
Published in “Thirteen Travelling Journals” Diarist Interview.