Unexamined Assumptions – Part Two

Spiritwise refers to our inner knowing of what is ours to do at this time in history. In a previous blog, unexamined assumptions were identified as facts taken for granted that drive a belief and create an opening for consequences to show up. Some of my personal unexamined assumptions were listed and I challenged you to identify some of your own and connect with your personal Spiritwise.

Now, let’s play the “what” if game.

  1. What if people connected with other people rather than presents?
  2. What if we truly understood the “Pay Now or Pay Later” reality when it comes to recycling the recyclables?
  3. What if we made choices at the store to not take as many products that will need to be recycled? Perhaps use our own bags, buy more bulk sizes rather than individual servings, buy a water filter rather than purchasing “filtered” water?
  4. What if we carried a reusable bottle through TSA and filled it on the other side rather than buying a bottle of water?
  5. What if bottled water became a thing of the past and people were clear how empty bottles are transported across the sea to be burned in someone else’s backyard?
  6. What if we truly made an effort to help future generations “clean up” the messes we have helped to create? What if we began cleaning up these messes today?
  7. What if we cared about all life on this planet because we are all connected?
  8. What if we spent a little time reusing and remaking items from our used products?
  9. What if we had compassion for others whose homelands are flooding due to climate change and rising waters?
  10. What if home and condo owners set a challenge for themselves of having zero waste in their lives? (Or only having a tiny bag of garbage per week?)
  11. What if cities standardized their recycling programs to reduce confusion on how to recycle? (For example, all cities recycled in a similar manner.)
  12. What if it cost cities less money to recycle than to create more landfills?
  13. What if it wasn’t embarrassing to say you read a used newspaper rather than buy a new one?
  14. What if people realized, “What I do to others, I do to myself? We are all connected.”
  15. What if everyone removed themselves from Junk Mail Lists thus bringing less extraneous mail to our home mailbox?
  16. What if each family declared one week a month as “Turn Off the TV Week?”
  17. What if each family made one trip per month or per quarter to the local Household Hazardous Waste Collection site with toxic and hard to recycle items?
  18. What if each person simplified their gift giving and holiday celebrations and focused more on connecting with each other through playing board games or hiking in nature?
  19. What if everyone chose to buy local and in season foods and preserving transportation fuel for crucial purposes and future generations?
  20. What if we all ate 3-4 animal free meals a week and reduced our fat intake?
  21. What if each family grew some of their food in a small backyard garden or in pots on their patio or porch?
  22. What if everyone began to engage in deep, meaningful conversations such as, “What is that like for you?” rather than simple conversations such as, “Do you like that?”
  23. What if we helped our most valuable national resource, our children, to identify who they were with regards to their gifts, and then supported them in nurturing these talents so humanity could reap the benefits of their gifts?
  24. What if we stopped forcing all children to learn all the same things in a rote manner and nurtured the individuality of what each child is bringing to the world?
  25. What if we all looked for positive news and shared it with others?
  26. What if we all saw the incredible human beings we are to each other and appreciated each human being for their contribution to all life.

We can all make a difference for all life on this planet and we already are. What is yours to do at this time in history? Connect with your Spiritwise through questioning what you buy  in regards to who made it. Was it a child or adult being paid meager wages? Ask the question, Do I really need this or can I use something else that I already have? Stay in the knowing that our planet’s resources are being used up. Will our children’s children have the resources they need?

Congratulations for asking these tough questions!


Unexamined Assumptions

Have you ever felt a strong desire to infuse real meaning to your life? The wherewithal to make this happen is within your reach. At this time in history, we are all needed to make a difference through sharing our personal gifts. Leaving this world without expressing who you really are is truly a loss to humanity. We all can make an impact through knowing our purpose in life and the gifts we bring to the world.

 There are many ways to identify our gifts beginning with knowing ourselves, our beliefs, our passions, and our unexamined assumptions. Let’s explore this last one by trying on a different perspective of how we might live in this world and how the way we are currently showing up may be impacting our fellow human beings. I asked this very question of myself several years ago and became shocked at what surfaced in regards to my belief system, and the way the unintended outcomes of the decisions I made affected each and every moment of the day.

An unexamined assumption is a fact taken for granted that drives a belief and creates an opening for consequences to show up. One example this could be the thought pattern, “If I want something, I must need it. If I want it and need it, somehow I am entitled to have it. I have worked hard and belong to a class of people who have access to these things. Plus, things will make me happy.” Are you tethered to a life where you have convinced yourself that happiness does not exist in the manner our culture created?

Ask yourself this question: “Where are my unintended outcomes showing up?” Most often they appear in the lives of the marginalized in our society and in developing countries. We live in a world of speed and immediacy for wanting it “now” without thinking about our impact on our fellow brothers and sisters. Our greed and disconnect from other people and life forms continues to plunder Mother Earth and leave marginalized human beings thirsting to share in the so-called “good life.” Personally, I no longer want to live blindly and would like to question my every decision about the way I am living.

I would like to invite you to play with the following unexamined assumptions and to identify some of your own. Get to know your beliefs and who you are being in the world at this time of exponential change.


Just the Beginning of Some
Unexamined Assumptions

  1. My comfort is more important than the suffering of others.
  2. I have compassion for others who don’t have what I have and there isn’t       anything I can do about it.
  3. The way I am living has nothing to do with the torrential rains and drought that my fellow human beings are dealing with in their area.
  4. Climate change does not exist. I don’t need to concern myself with this. I have my own challenges to handle.
  5. Scientists will find a solution to the problems that exist. They always do.
  6. The natural world, the Earth, exists to satisfy the needs and desires of human beings.
  7. More is better.
  8. Progress is growth and growth is progress. A healthy society depends on a growing economy. It is our job to consume to generate that growth.
  9. We own the land we live on.
  10. I have worked hard and I deserve to have the luxuries of life because I have earned them.
  11. We deserve cheap gasoline so we can keep prices low and continue to live how we have been living for decades.
  12. Having many children is good. We have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. I will turn a blinds eye to the effect of having 9 billion people on the planet by 2050. After all, I won’t be alive then anyway.
  13. My children will have more material things and a bigger life than I had.
  14. One little individual can’t make a difference.
  15. I can throw things away. Where is away?
  16. It is okay to buy a lot of items as long as I recycle them. I will turn a blind eye to the cost of recycling and the use of precious fuel to do so.
  17. I won’t recycle this bottle because I don’t know what bin it goes in and I don’t want to look ignorant while I figure it out. Also, my time is too valuable for this minutia.
  18. I want a new newspaper. It is yucky reading one that belonged to someone else. What if they had dirty hands when they read it?
  19. I don’t have time to learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that swirls for hundreds of miles across the North Pacific Ocean. I throw my garbage away in the proper container bins. It never blows or lands in rivers or streams floating into the ocean to be caught in the floating junk yard created by humans.
  20. I deserve to retain my family traditions of buying presents rather than focusing on deeply connecting with my loved ones on holidays. I would rather it be about presents than people.
  21. It is tacky to wrap a gift in newspaper comics or to reuse wrapping paper.
  22. It is okay to throw away young people (in detention homes) for a mistake they made even though it is the same mistake my child made and got away with when they were younger.