a better place

“Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race”.

– Michael Jackson.

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Hello beautiful people!

From the title and the introduction of this post, it may be obvious to some at this point that I am a Michael Jackson fan. A few months ago, I wrote a post about implementing affirmations in my life under the title, ‘Starting with the girl in the mirror’. I don’t mean to sound so self-righteous, but the truth is I appreciate and deeply respect anyone who makes art with a good intention because I could say I do feel that intent in their work. While putting this post up, ‘Heal the World’ kept playing in my head and I thought it was such an appropriate accompaniment to what I’m trying to express today.

I am gradually becoming more aware of the thoughts and actions I put out in the world recently. It is becoming clear that whatever energy you put out will ultimately come back to you in some form or the other. Just like gravity, what goes up must come down. It’s the same with your thoughts and actions, whatever you put out will come back to you. And so it is important to observe what energy you are inclined towards, and that you should always lean towards the positive.

These past few days, there has been a disconnect in my psyche and I feel like I have been less ‘aware’ of what is going on around me. Work has been busy. I’ve been overworking myself and in practising gratitude for all that I have – I see it as a blessing – but I could feel it wearing me down so here I am. Taking a back seat on life briefly to write on here and talk about how I feel. You see, coming up with not only pictures but appropriate text requires a certain level of focus and presence, it forces me to be still with the intent to create something authentic every single time. It’s like taking time off from the noise – be it music, or thoughts about a million other responsibilities – to just be silent, and I have found it to be very therapeutic.

I’ve had to question my emotions, and try to figure out the root cause of the discomfort or joy I experience. Being at peace and joyful is just wonderful, isn’t it? With time, I’ve managed to reach a point where I can now check my thoughts and control the effect they have on my mood. It is not easy, but I have to admit that it has gotten easier with practice. Somehow as human beings, the easiest state to be in is the ‘victim’. The better state to be in is problem solving, but it is also a challenge to come to this realization most of the time. It doesn’t have to be this way, and so I hope I will master this practice. I look forward to when it becomes as mindless as breathing.

It may sound abrasive and contradictory in some way, but ever since I began this exercise I’ve had to consciously force myself to stay in a positive state of mind and/ or situations that improve my mood and help me stay present. I bombard myself with affirmations, audio books and positive text even when I’m not feeling particularly great. Especially when I’m not feeling great. I question myself at times, wondering what the hell am I doing? But I keep it up because I do see a remarkable – and very positive – change in my thought patterns and my general mood.

While trying to attract more positive experiences, I now also actively seek them out. So on the last Saturday of January, I met an old high school friend of mine I hadn’t seen for almost eight years. Shout out – hey Fatima! 🙂 Being the adventurous free spirits we are, the obvious way to celebrate our reunion was to watch happy baby elephants play in the mud alongside warthogs and then enjoy some iced tea afterwards – duh. The most logical thing to do, yes?

Question – do you want to make the world a better place? That was a rhetoric question, because I’m sure you do. You just made my world a little bit better by clicking on my blog and reading this post 🙂 Well, the truth is not even Bill Gates can save the ENTIRE world. But I’m sure he starts with whatever he can, and so can you. I have a suggestion that could prove to be fun and pocket friendly as well. How does saving baby elephants’ lives sound for a start?

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.

– David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The point I’m trying to make is that you can make the world a better place just by, first, changing your thoughts – by practising ‘mindfulness’ and consciously trying to attract better things into your life 🙂

Start at the elephants’ orphanage, maybe take a friend. Or two, or ten! You will get to learn a lot about the DSWT efforts, about the orphan elephants and the entrance fee you pay will be put to good use. You are literally saving the world, sort of. 🙂

Then find something else to do. Anyone who’s got a suggestion for me this weekend?

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Entrance: 500 Ksh. per person.
Viewing of the elephants happens only for an hour, between 11 am-12 noon so be punctual 🙂
Directions: Google maps link opens in new tab.
More information on their website here.

Author: Fatma Sultan

Hello, I'm Fatma Sultan. Architecture is my chosen career path. My love and appreciation for art is larger than I can put in a few words but it all comes down to the freedom to express oneself in so many different ways: painting, sketching, drawing, poetry, writing, photography, furniture design, cooking, pottery and even personal style. I hope to inspire my readers in any way that I can, and at least put a smile on somebody's face. Thanks for stopping by!

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