In my home is a colorful canvas that boasts “I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.” I found the artwork on a website called Curly Girl Design. I have never met the artist, Leigh, but she is on my list of people to meet. It is as though she found her way into my cluttered mind and then illustrated my thoughts.
I have many pieces of Leigh’s art but this one is truly my favorite. And yes, if I had a cape and a tiara, I am fairly certain that I could save the world. Note that I did not say absolutely certain, but fairly certain. I am sure you are not taking me seriously about this….yet. When visitors come to my home and see this artwork, they usually comment “That’s cute!” Cute? No, it isn’t cute at all. Saving the world is serious business.
Perhaps I need to clarify that I do not mean saving the world on the grand scheme of things. I do not think so much of myself that I think I could feed the world’s starving children, eliminate all prejudice, stop countries from fighting, or discover a cure for the common cold. But on a smaller scale, a much smaller scale, yes, I am fairly certain that I could save the world.
For starters, I know I can save the world by adding laughter to others, mainly by laughing at myself and sharing stories of the luggage falling off the top of the car on Route 75, being locked out of my condo in my bra and panties, and going on my first internet date with a man dressed as a clown! I can also save the world by listening to others who need to talk. They may not want my opinion or advice, they may just want me to listen.
I know I can save the world by believing in others and their ability to change, to move from their mistakes, and begin again. I can help them by not reminding them of their past mistakes, but by acknowledging that today they are doing the right things. I can save the world by being more patient with those who are a bit slower. I can save the world by accepting, not getting irritated with, the differences in others. And then maybe by bringing a sandwich to the homeless man by the library, calling someone I have not spoken to in a while, and by recommending a good book to another, I will save a little bit more of the world. Amazing what a woman with a tiara and a cape can do!
Saving the world is serious business.
Do you see how many ways I can save the world? What about you? If you had a tiara and a cape, could you save the world? I am fairly certain that you could. More important, would you save the world? Whom would you save? How would you do it? Are you already saving the world? If not, what would it take to get you to begin? Is there a tiara and cape store near you?