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Healing Begins With Being Considerate

Few weeks ago, while walking I saw a man who threw his cigarette butts on the street. He did it so casually that it looked like he didn’t care at all the consequences of his act. Perhaps for him it didn’t matter. But for me who has been in the healing professional for a long time, such an act was very inconsiderate. It was inconsiderate of him to smoke and throw his cigarette in the public when so many people can be affected. It was also very inconsiderate of the environment.

Creating a healthy community requires the cooperation of everyone – not just those who live a healthy life. It is a responsibility of every citizen to make sure that the human habitat is healthy for children and adults. And I am not even talking of difficult commitments like going vegan or living off the grid. I am referring to simple acts of consideration for others and for the environment.

What are the fundamental things that considerate people should do? For me, these are my top seven items on the list:

1. Smoke only in assigned places. Or better yet, stop smoking.
2. Drink responsibly.
3. Dispose your wastes properly.
4. Drive defensively and obey traffic rules.
5. Help in reducing fuel consumption.
6. Plant trees.
7. Conserve water

These are simple stuff, and we have been reminded constantly about these. But, even if I sound like a broken record, I will say this again and again – our health is affected by the health of others and the state of the environment. It is time that we do our part. We, and our children, will benefit from these.

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Nature gave men two ends – one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most
George R. Kirkpatrick

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Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.

-Tad Williams

“When you were born, you were crying and everyone around “When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.”

-Unknown

I thought growing up was something that happened automatically as you got older. But it turns out it’s something you have to choose to do. – TV show Scrubs