Creative Alternatives

Are you looking for a trouble free life? Don't you think that every time you take
the trouble to figure out solutions to your problems, you grow? Those that insulate
themselves from troubles often become greatly troubled inside for a lack of something
they can't quite define. There's a sense of adventure and accomplishment that goes
hand in hand with figuring out solutions to your so-called problems in life. Without
these challenges, you wither away and vegetate.
Did you ever wonder why the magnitude of world problems are measured in
dollar signs? If money solved all problems and brought happiness, then all rich
people and all rich countries would be happy and free of any major problems, right?
Have you ever felt helpless about all the problems in the world? As an exercise,
make a list of all the times in your life when your actions caused a chain of events to
take place that affected major changes in another person's life. After looking over
your list, you can readily see how you as one person can do a great deal in your
lifetime to affect important changes in the world.
Now list in a notebook all the creative alternatives that you as a world citizen with
your present abilities can do to help correct the problems of pollution (air, food, water
& soil), crime, drug addiction, the homeless and poor education without spending
hardly any money.
Next list in your notebook all the important things that happened to you last week
that involved an outlay of money? Next, list in a notebook all the important things
that happened to you last week that didn't involve any money at all?