The World As I See It Today !
by Joseph West
on July 18, 2014
For me, as a real estate consultant, but more importantly as a human being and observer of all that I
see in the world, I have noticed some disturbing shifts. The world as I
see it today , we are seeing a higher level of human chaos around the
world. I look at things from a heart-felt view, not a political one, and
I always look for solutions to difficult problems.
The potential for increased global conflict is a troubling one.
Growing up, I was a witness to the 1969 war between Egypt and Israel. I
have very vivid memories of people hating and blaming one another. For
some reason, by the grace of the universe, I did not take either side or
participate in the blaming game, but seeing people turn against one
another had a profound effect on me.
As I look around today, there seems to be conflict on so many levels.
Whether it is issues impacting human rights, civil rights, gay rights
in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, it seems no
one is exempt from witnessing pain and suffering. A dear friend /mentor
of mine Nick Segal taught me once: What is the definition of insanity? It is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I look at this on a practical level in my daily life. Real estate is
where I spend day in and day out putting buyers and sellers in a happy
place. Do I succeed all the time? The answer is no but I am sure I will
not give up trying. Successful real estate deals are created when
sellers and buyers genuinely care about the outcome for one another as
opposed to clinging to an attitude of ‘what’s in it for me?’
I would like to believe we are not all insane people, perhaps we all
need some adjustment here and there. I do not claim to have all the
answers but here are some questions I ask of myself often:
- At the end of the day, do I pray for all humanity or just for people in my circle that I know personally?
- When I am giving gratitude for what I have, do I also give gratitude for the people that supported me in the process?
- When I judge someone or some event for taking place, do I ask why and how I may have contributed to it?
- If this is called the game of life, why can’t we all play to win in a way that all people win?
These are all questions that may be answered differently from one
person to another. For me witnessing one war was all it took for me to
continue to strive for the best, both for myself, and for the world. I
welcome your thoughts and comments to how you see the world today.
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