Bold Solutions For A New World

 

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I hear the same questions in many converstaions, "when will the economy turn around?" or "how are we ever going to get our of this mess?"

Usually the questions are answered with attact, criticism and condemnation. Today I'm going to give you my solution.

We have to embrace infinity inside a finite body.

We have to see unity and oneness where there is prejudice and hate.

We have to believe in goodness even in the midst of destruction.

We have to believe in prosperity when the media speaks of lack and scarcity.

We have to believe in infinite opportunities when so many people are out of work.

We have to embrace appreciation and gratitude when surrounded by unpredictability.

We have to believe this is the greatest moment of our life when people are without basic needs.

We have to discover freedom when our mind wants to inprison us.

We have to believe in our worthiness while people bash and blame us.

We have to choose peace when insanity and anxiety are prevalent.

We have to maintain our sense of integrity and dignity in a time of broken promises and lack of honesty.

We have to wish for everyone what we want desperately for ourselves.

We have to be content with what we have in a world of desperation, competition and striving.

We have to see beauty where there is harshness and pain.

We have to feel safe and protected inpsite of the perplexity of our times.

We have to forgive seventy times seventy in a world that filled with hatred and cruelty.

We have to believe it's all about love in a time of fear.

The question is no longer how or when.

The question becomes will you do your part? 

Leave your thoughts and solutions below.

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  • Jay Schryer February 26, 2010, 6:53 am

    Wow, Tess. This is quite powerful. My two favorites are:

    “We have to wish for everyone what we want desperately for ourselves.”

    “We have to believe it’s all about love in a time of fear.”

    The first, to me, speaks of compassion, and the second speaks of love. The world absolutely needs more love and compassion. These two concepts are as close to a “magic pill” as we have in this world.

    Fear is the root of all evil. Every bad thing that is done; is done out of fear. The only way to conquer fear is through love and compassion. Thanks for being part of the solution, my dear friend.
    .-= Jay Schryer´s last post…What to Eat =-.

  • Paul February 26, 2010, 7:26 am

    Tess,

    As Jay said a list of powerful requirements which you finished off well with the following:

    The question is no longer how or when.
    The question becomes will you do your part?

    There are a number challenging statements in your list, very challenging. Thank you for sharing this.

    Regards

    Paul

  • Lance February 26, 2010, 8:15 am

    Tess,
    This is such a powerful post…and to think about what we can do. And to think…if everyone did this, if everyone believed in their hearts to all these thoughts…what a wonderful world.

    Which makes me think of very much of Louis Armstrong’s song “What a Wonderful World”.

    And I have to agree with Jay (that guy is way smart!) – love and compassion go so, so far in making our world even better.
    .-= Lance´s last post…What Is That Dance In You? =-.

  • Davina February 26, 2010, 10:22 am

    Powerful punch Tess 🙂 When we believe in the positive ways that you’ve listed, there is hope. In a way, that gives freedom. Believing the worst keeps a person stuck.
    .-= Davina´s last post…Just Glowing, That’s All =-.

  • Quinn February 26, 2010, 11:09 am

    The important thing in each of your statements is we. These are things we need to do each one of us but not alone we must do them together. build small in many places and what grows will become large and merge and become something great.
    .-= Quinn´s last post…The first paradox =-.

  • Patricia February 26, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Such a powerful post – many thanks for making a clear list. I have just left my church group and a social services organization that were important to me. The first because the “we” just thought they were entitled without doing what was necessary or taking part and the second because the “we” kept saying it was not them and I was just “crazy”. I just headed out the door….and kept walking – being stuck never causes relief of any kind.

    Thanks
    .-= Patricia´s last post…A Divine Listener =-.

  • Erin February 26, 2010, 2:56 pm

    Well done. What we believe shapes our world. Love this.
    .-= Erin´s last post…Sweet Release =-.

  • Jannie Funster February 26, 2010, 4:00 pm

    Tess, I hug you with my heart seventy times seventy and more, for this beautiful post!

    “We have to see beauty where there is harshness and pain.” Yes, for there is always much beauty in this world. A tree. A flower. Always the sky ever beautiful and changing. If we concentrating on finding beauty and goodness we will never ever be disappointed!! It’s there in faces, and laughter too.

    xo
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last post…Harbinger Of Great Things To Come =-.

  • simply stephen February 26, 2010, 6:22 pm

    Tess…during the history of mankind, there has been good and bad. There has always been love. WE forget the amazing things the world has to offer us and WE forget about the hardships that so many go through. WE are lucky to be here.

    Your powerful word throughout your message is WE…we forget that it is not about our hardships but what WE can do to make it better.

    In the words of that 70’s band Trooper
    “if you don’t like what you got, why don’t you change it, if your world is so screwed up rearrange it”

    Thanks for reminding everyone, WE are all in this together and life is what WE do about it.
    .-= simply stephen´s last post…environmental burden of online media =-.

  • Greg Blencoe February 26, 2010, 7:15 pm

    Tess,

    I love the spirit of this post. It’s all about seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty. In my view, this is one of the keys to a successful life.

    There will always be things happening in the world that are wrong. But (and this is classic law of attraction) you don’t fix what is wrong by talking about it over and over and over again. Instead, why not focus attention on what is right?

    I think it’s quite interesting how a 90% employment rate feels so much better (at least it does to me) than a 10% unemployment rate. And yet they are the same thing!

    The way I deal with this is to do my best to avoid the news and people who want to talk about how terrible things are. Call me crazy, but I think this is the greatest time to live even though everything is not perfect. Through the internet, people now have opportunities that were not even possible just 5-10 years ago. And I am extremely grateful for this.
    .-= Greg Blencoe´s last post…How to love yourself so you can use the law of attraction to get what you want =-.

  • Patty - Why Not Start Now? February 26, 2010, 7:46 pm

    Tess, if you ever run for Queen of the World, you have my vote. We desperately need you in that post. It’s time for a gentle but bold matriarchy to take hold, and I can’t think of anyone better than you to lead it. You understand implicitly that the way out of this is not just to understand the paradoxes, but live within them. One of my all time favorite quotes is this: “the infinite within of the human spirit.” So you knocked my socks off today when you started out with: “we have to embrace infinity inside a finite body.” Thanks.
    .-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last post…Being Alive =-.

  • suzen February 26, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Hi Tess! What a fabulous post – and that list is beyond awesome! A beautiful challenge to one and all. I gravitate toward simplicity in all things, perhaps my mind does better with a simple plan, I don’t know – so my list is LOVE – Compassion – Gratitude. Three things I have a shot of remembering!
    hugs
    suZen
    .-= suzen´s last post…Looking At My Desk =-.

  • Tess February 27, 2010, 7:09 am

    Jay,
    I’m so happy to be on the same page as you. The wonderful thing about the internet is like attracts like as well. Other wise how did we come across each other in the mass of blogs out there?

    Paul,
    Challenging yes but also all doable and possible. Here we ‘grow’ again. Thanks for being with me on this.

    Lance,
    One of my favorite songs at that and yes love and compassion just like The Beatles said is all we need. We’re they advanced or what??!?

    Davina,
    And it’s no fun being stuck is it? Stuck…yuk:) Isn’t life grand with a plan and a friend?

    Quinn,
    Yes step by step and day by day we can do it. Small acts of love add up to a life time of greatness!

    Patricia,
    Yes, it’s good to know where you don’t belong…it’s great to know you have to move on and then do so. Yet at the same time it’s important to remember we’re all going the same way…on a different path.

    Erin,
    Thanks so much and oh yes are beliefs are ssssssssssoooooooo powerful.

    Jannie,
    OMG I’m feelin’ the love! I was just watching our pink sky from our back yard this morning. Is your sky pink in Texas?!? Happy Saturday, friend.

    Stephen,
    Don’t know that band but I do LOVE those words. Simple and true;)

    Greg,
    Wow I’ve never thought of looking at unemployment that way. And when we feel empowered by seeing the glass half full it’s easy to be part of the solution. I say no to news and media as well. I have more powerful with my personal beliefs than getting messed up in my head what the media wants us to swallow.

    Patti,
    Queen of the world…silly you! I have a crazy enough time being ‘Tess of the world!’ Thanks for you compliment because I admire you, your content and style of writing. Glad we’re on the same page.

    suZen,
    Oh yes I need simplicity as well…big time. And my memory, let’s just say it’s not what it used to be. I actually told my hubs (stole that from you) I was tired of saying, “I don’t remember.” I do believe it’s partly my ADHD and lack of attention to details and also lack of focus but there’s this big thing called aging!

  • Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord February 27, 2010, 8:16 am

    Oh how I love this post, Tess!

    We’re in a changing time, and we can choose to embrace or resist the changes that are happening right now. I believe the more content we become with who we are (love), what we have (everything we need), and our day-to-day role in this world (to share who we are and what we have), the more gracious we become in accepting what’s happening around us. After all, it’s all perfect. Even if we don’t understand it, we manifested ourselves into this time and place, to see what we see, hear what we hear, and experience what we experience. We must have WANTED to be part of this. Therefore, perfection is innate.

    Much love to you Tess, for helping spread messages of peace, love and goodness throughout the world.
    .-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s last post…SURPRISE! Spread Joy, Have Fun =-.

  • Cheryl Paris February 27, 2010, 9:37 am

    Hello Tess,

    As blog warning says: you will teach us to be fearless, unstoppable, bold. And this post doing so excellently. We don’t know the answers of so many questions in our day to day life whether it is economic slow down, issues in personal and professional lives, terrorism or a nation expanding the borders in neighboring country…etc. We cannot live thinking that oh! when this world will become a better place.
    I am glad to come across this and have noted this down: We have to embrace appreciation and gratitude when surrounded by unpredictability.

    Cheers,
    Cheryl Paris

  • Evia February 27, 2010, 10:38 am

    Hi Tess

    Another powerful post and so timely for all of us today.
    Yes, a lot of people ask the questions you mentioned and there are a lot too who attach to the whole 2012 drama, completely missing the point of what it is all about.

    You pointed out so beautifully that anything and everything starts with us. For me personally, I like to live each day and moment by the famous words “Be the change you want to see”
    .-= Evia´s last post…We Are All Evolving Beings =-.

  • Belinda Munoz February 27, 2010, 11:47 am

    Oh, Tess, you make me misty with hope and faith.
    Much love to you and the rest of this crazy, beautiful world.

  • Karl Staib - Work Happy Now February 27, 2010, 7:38 pm

    These words get to the heart of our issue. Ourselves. Our happiness and the world’s happiness all starts from within. We need to improve ourselves before we can improve anyone else.
    .-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last post…What I Learned from Working on My Habits =-.

  • Hilary March 1, 2010, 12:50 am

    Hi Tess – congratulations on your Forbes ‘pick-up’ .. great news for your post “Born to Run”. Your list is amazing – bold solutions for the world. I’d add believe in yourself, your positivity that you will be alright, that you will be able to pull through, and that in keeping ourselves in a positive frame, we can continue to smile, to laugh, to help, to give, – the little things that make up this world, and despite all bring a feeling of cheer to others. Have a great week .. the sun is out here and I cannot tell you what a difference it makes!!
    .-= Hilary´s last post…Alpha, Treacle, Beta, Dogger, Snow – what do they mean to you? =-.

  • Tess Bold Life March 1, 2010, 6:28 am

    Megan,
    That does bring peace to know we asked to be here at this time and it’s all perfect. Amen to being blessed enough to understand that!

    Cheryl,
    Nope we don’t know the answers yet I’m still big on being part of the solution. When I ‘m not grateful and appreciative I know I’m coming from fear.

    Evita,
    You are the change that’s for sure and your greatest asset is how you share your wisdom with all of us.

    Belinda,
    I’m happy to help out with your mistiness any time!

    Karl,
    Yes focusing on and growing is our own part of the solution.

    Hillary,
    Enjoy the sun and with your comment you could write a great article yourself. I hope you do. Have a happy-heart-sunshiny day and give your mom a hug and kiss for me.
    .-= Tess Bold Life´s last post…Bold Solutions For A New World =-.

  • janice | Sharing the Journey.co.uk March 1, 2010, 7:34 am

    When are you publishing The Bold Life Book of Lists: 101 Lists to Change your World from the Inside Out? 😉

    I know it sounds clichéd, but after an aunt’s funeral, another freak snowfall that meant a neighbour couldn’t get to chemo, my dad’s ‘girlfriend’ rushed to intensive care last night and my own latest set of cancer results back today (they’re OK, but the relief takes a wee bit to sink in depending on how long the wait’s been) I’m just happy to be alive and able to love. Everything else is an extra, a blessing and a bonus.

  • [email protected] help Motivation March 1, 2010, 8:17 am

    This is a fantastic eye opener Tess, and I do hope this post goes viral for as many people to read .. I feel this is applicable everyone….. .. 🙂
    .-= [email protected] help Motivation´s last post…Stay Motivated! Not With the Way I feel Right Now =-.

  • Joy March 1, 2010, 8:53 am

    Tess,
    Wow. How perfect! The answer is always “LOVE”. Definitely.

    I think my part is to be mindful as I go about my daily life. Mindfulness allows me to recognize the beauty around me which allows my Spirit to blossom; then I have lots to share with those around me. And isn’t “LOVE” faith; something we all have even if we express it differently.

    A new world indeed. One built on Love, Spirit, Faith….Thank *you* Tess for this reminder–it truly is *that* easy.
    .-= Joy´s last post…Unfolding…. =-.

  • Peggy March 1, 2010, 9:49 am

    Hi Tess,

    I really loved this list…especially embracing infinite opportunities and possibilities in a world that’s driven by fear and scarcity.

    This morning, my mom sent out an email to all her kids – dedicated to my sister-in-law who just passed away and it started with “Mandy loved bright colors. Her favorite colors were pink and purple. Celebrate My Life.

    When there is pain, suffering, loss – that is what we must do – Celebrate Life. That is what I am doing. And with more Pink and Purple than ever before.

    xxoo
    Peggy
    .-= Peggy´s last post…Your Moment of Bliss ~ Drawing Heaven =-.

  • Jannie Funster March 1, 2010, 11:55 am

    In Texas our sky is 157 shades of pink! And that’s just over a one-minute span!

    xo

  • jonathan figaro March 1, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I think all we have to do is believe in our selves, god and unconditional love. Al we will all be okay!
    .-= jonathan figaro´s last post…DragonBall Z Meets Personal Development Part 1 =-.

  • Jan March 1, 2010, 2:30 pm

    Tess, powerful list and suggestions. I resonate with so many. What strikes me is that so many of us are operating “on hold,” just waiting for things to get better. I’m reminded of people (like Anne Frank, for example) who set about making a rich-in-spirit life for herself even though life wasn’t showing the way she had hoped or planned. Anne didn’t wait and in the non-waiting she wrote, lived, loved, experienced all that she could – even in such limited confines. And because she did, we have all been blessed by her work that was left behind. May we all take each day and make the most of it. 🙂
    .-= Jan´s last post…Meditation Monday – The Spark Within =-.

  • Wilma Ham March 1, 2010, 4:51 pm

    Hi All.
    I am learning to look beyond appearances and to be honest that took me a long while to understand what that means.
    To change the world look at what is wrong but then focus on what is possible as that is where the solution lies.
    Focusing on problems is just that, keeping them alive with your focus but looking then beyond what is possible, what you would like it to change into is the way to go.
    So I focus on looking where I see love, abundance and gratitude.
    And I see a lot of that here, amongst us.
    To echo Hilary, well done on a published article. Way to go and my ego loves knowing famous people although I know you do not like name dropping 🙂

  • Laura Hegfield March 1, 2010, 7:23 pm

    Beautiful Tess…it is indeed ultimately about embracing and sharing love right in the face of fear! Light shining into the darkness…Amen!

  • Marko @ CalmGrowth.com March 1, 2010, 11:24 pm

    “Today I’m going to give you my solution.”

    Well, nice solution(s) Tess… 🙂

    You’re a very positive human being, it’s great to see such people.
    Continue the good work.

    Best wishes

    Marko
    .-= Marko @ CalmGrowth.com´s last post…From Little Big Grow =-.

  • Brenda Strausz March 2, 2010, 7:09 am

    Hi Tess,

    This posts made me stand up straighter and taller! It was like a mirror reflecting me but with more vibrance and elegance. We all have inside of us to change the world.

    I think of us all as having magic wands . . . we can choose to get them out and change our attitudes, our behaviors and our actions. We don’t have to buy into the despair that is going on right now. The energy of our positive thoughts alone is enough . . . coupled with positive actions . . . we are powerful agents of change.

    Look out world . . . here we come!

    With love and gratitude,
    Brenda Strausz

  • Peggy March 2, 2010, 8:05 am

    Congratulations on your article being picked up by Forbes Woman! Woo Hoo!!
    .-= Peggy´s last post…Your Moment of Bliss ~ Drawing Heaven =-.

  • Phil - Less Ordinary Llving March 2, 2010, 9:05 am

    Tess – some truly powerful questions here. For my part, I try to make the most of every day as a starting point. I believe that we all have a burning bright light inside that can get covered by all sorts of clouds (thoughts, emotions, conditioning). Practicing compassion towards others and the whole world around is a way to clear the clouds. My tiny contribution is to try and bring out the light a little more in others. I try every day, and fail too, but it is the best I can do.

    Phil
    .-= Phil – Less Ordinary Llving´s last post…How to Make a Living doing what you Love =-.

  • Tess Bold Life March 2, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Janice,
    Wow I’m right there with you grateful to be alive and feeling blessed. I’ll think about that book even though I had another in mind! I sure am happy you’re OK.
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Fatima,
    I am thankful you liked it enough to think it needs to go viral. I agree!

    Jon,
    Sounds like a recipe to me although I know plenty of people that would say they do that and yet don’t seem to be moving in the right direction. Our ego often kills our best efforts.

    Jan,
    This is the most beautiful thing ever written on my blog. I’m writing down on a sign for my office because isn’t that the truth?!?

    Wilma,
    You’re the best. LOL

    Laura,
    Yes light shining into darkness and we only need to be in the present moment to send it…not physically present where the need is the greatest.

    Marko,
    I’m only reflecting the good you have in you and at your blog!

    Brenda,
    Yeah I’ve got my wand out and working. Thanks for joining me and you’re right watch out darkness the light workers are here!

    Peggy,
    Thanks for the woo hoo and woot woot to you!

    Phil,
    None of us are perfect. Thanks for joining the cause of waking up to another level.
    .-= Tess Bold Life´s last post…Bold Solutions For A New World =-.

  • Mark March 3, 2010, 2:25 pm

    Tess,
    This is an outstanding list of what we need to do. Count me in!
    .-= Mark´s last post…Searching For The Fountain of Youth? =-.

  • Walter March 4, 2010, 5:46 pm

    This life we are living follows the rule of nature in which there’s a beginning and there’s an end. At every moment of our lives we should do our best in searching the entity within us that is immune to the rule of life. And when we do, everything shall pass, except us. 🙂
    .-= Walter´s last post…Moments of silence =-.

  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations} March 5, 2010, 1:34 am

    HI Tess,
    We all HAVE to read this post often to be able to stay motivated. ! I love it love it love it!
    So empowering….I just started exercising today….walking..was doing yoga…but have included walking. Apparently my hips dont respond to yoga 😉
    So this is a great motivator for me. And we are going through the financial crunch too…you have hit such great points here….
    Yay for living the bold life with Tess 🙂
    Much love.
    Z~
    p.s. congrats on the forbes woman article…very soon you will be a bestseller 🙂 And I will proudly say…I know Tess…she’s a friend 🙂

  • Hilary March 5, 2010, 5:01 am

    Hi Tess .. thanks for the answer to my post – yes one day I probably will .. I’ll remember this .. and as it’s round today a happy day .. I’ll know where to look ..

    so – oh bold one – Have A Very Happy Birthday .. doing all the things you love to do with passion .. and just have a wonderful day .. and a brilliant weekend .. a big hug down the airwaves and over the pond .. sent with love from a still sunny Eastbourne ..- a little cold though .. there could be a poem there .. but I must do a dash on .. seeing Alice this pm – should be great fun ..

    not as nice as a Birthday though .. ??!! A huge bunch of sweet smelling narcissi with some wonderful jewel anemones thrown in for good measure .. enjoy, enjoy, enjoy .. love Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last post…The Middle Ages of the web – ancient pathways, monastic steps, St David yesterday, St Chad today and lines of communication … =-.

  • Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills March 6, 2010, 7:20 pm

    Hi Tess, I am reminded of two sayings. I think both apply here. First of all, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Yes, we need BOLD. Second, we don’t want a bigger piece of the pie, we want a whole new pie. Nice points, thanks for the encouragement.
    .-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s last post…Seeking Wisdom from Outside the Box =-.

  • Nea | Self Improvement Saga March 7, 2010, 9:52 am

    I love these simple, real world solutions. We are all fully equipped to bring about positive change–moreso than we know.
    .-= Nea | Self Improvement Saga´s last post…5 Steps to Easily Influencing People Without Manipulation =-.

  • Paul Maurice Martin March 7, 2010, 10:59 am

    I think the question of whether you will do your part in particular needs to be posed to themselves by the heads of major corporations and other members of the super wealthy/powerful world – and by the politicians whose political campaigns they finance.

    The gap between rich and poor has been growing by leaps and bounds worldwide throughout our lifetimes. A tinier percentage of people than ever are now determining humanity’s future. For example, unless industry goes green, going green in our personal lives just won’t do much of anything since the overwhelming preponderance of greenhouse gases are from industrial emissions – these dwarf even what comes out of our cars (can’t recall the exact stats on this, but I was amazed).

    A high hurdle for our species may be that those with the most interest in obtaining wealth and power tend to be folks who are interested in it not for the good they can do but egoistic reasons. So overall, some pretty unenlightened people end up in leadership positions around the world…

  • Lana - {Daring Clarity} March 8, 2010, 2:40 am

    Dear Tess, thank you for this post. Powerful. Bold. What else could be expected from you? Thank you!

  • Evelyn Lim March 16, 2010, 8:37 am

    I love the boldness that comes with the invitation on this post! I use the word “choice” more than “have to” for my inner work as well as when working with clients….but I have to admit that your boldness is a refreshing change!
    .-= Evelyn Lim´s last post…Use The Pink Bubble Technique for Creative Visualization =-.

  • Tess Bold Life March 16, 2010, 2:11 pm

    Evelyn,
    Thanks for stopping by and I’m happy your joining our “change the world team.”
    .-= Tess Bold Life´s last post…The Rewards of Honoring Commitments =-.

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