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How can a community begin to eradicate the issues of loneliness and isolation?

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How can a community begin to eradicate the issues of loneliness and isolation?

It seems like an insurmountable task. That’s why I spend a lot of time thinking about possible solutions. I do believethat most kinds of social change start with a person who believes it can be done, andthought by thought , day by day, person by person, it becomes reality. Then it spreads into something powerful. So, there is never a time when one person’s efforts don’t make a difference. They always do. Even if goes unseen at the time.

I’ve heard some say that change doesn’t happen easily among human beings, or “people never change”. People even believe that they themselves find it difficult to change. I dare to disagree. I think people just don’t know how to go about it.

So here’s my deduction so far. Changecan be made by each individual having an open mind, especially influencers, parents, and leaders. As Loneliness Warriors, instead of trying to change people, we should try to understand them, and then move forward with love and tolerance.  Healing of an individual or a whole community happens best in open loving, supportive environments.  Seems simple, but you’d be surprised how often it doesn’t seem to connect with execution of well -intended plans. (Check out Emoto’s Water Studies for a deep dive on this). Here is something to ponder as a Loneliness Warrior.

An Excerpt from Living Your Magic, by Dr. Robert Anthony

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You’ve heard it said before, “If we want to change the world, we have to change the way people think,” On the surface it sounds like a good idea. It makes sense. There is only one problem with that approach: we have already decided that our thinking is the “right” thinking. So when we talk about changing the way people think, what we are really saying is, “How do we get other people who don’t think like us to think the way we do so the world can be the way we want it to be?”

If we believe “we” are right and “others” are wrong, we compound the problem through a behavioural pattern known as “Otherization:. “Otherization or “otherring” is a term coined by Dr. Elizabeth Lesser. She describes otherization as the belief that there’s us and then there’s others,  we are right, and we have truth. The others, although well-meaning, are wrong.

 We are not designed to impose our thoughts and beliefs as an act of will on other people. What we are actually talking about is changing other people’s thinking and perception, not as an act of will, or forcing them to think and believe what we do, but an act of possibility, that if we all put aside our current beliefs about how we think other people should live, we can create a new and better world together that’s a whole different thing. It opens all of us up to see something different, to be wrong about anything or everything, if necessary, in order to make the changes we all desire.”

If you like what you are reading, check out more from Dr. Robert Anthony. I’ve only read two of his books but they were both game-changers and books I’ve returned too often to refresh my mind (my dad has read both books more than 14 times! I love how committed he is). (This is not an official endorsement.)

As a community, what do we need to change in order to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of our elderly and vulnerable people. We are outraged at mistreatment, which means we have passion and concern. It’s time to put that care to work. Every opportunity to gain a new perspective on how we care for these people will help us learn which directions to head. What can we do immediately? What can we begin building? What dreams can become realities that will reflect more appropriately our love and concern for these people and our desire to make isolation and loneliness things of the past.

Share your input in our Isolation Warriors group and help us make change based on open  minds.

The Isolation Warrior

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