I saw this recently, and had to share it. This is from a recent article, “The Collected Wisdom of Burners at *Burning Man” in the Kindness Blog by Paul Duane; it is the collected wisdom from some of the many people who attend the Burning Man festival each year. He posed this question to several attendees: “If I gave you a microphone, and the whole world could understand and would hear you at the same time—what three things would you say?”
Here are some of the answers. I hope that they touch your heart as they did mine.
“Everything and anything that exists somewhere, exists everywhere.”
“There is never a reason not to laugh and smile.”
“Never underestimate how much nothing is something.”
“The more people you meet, the more you learn about yourself.”
“Before you have an opinion about something, you must experience that something.”
“If you say no, the reason for saying no must be more important than the reason to say yes.”
“Your life has crucial meaning.”
“You are never alone.”
“Don’t give up!”
“Be here NOW!”
“Change is good!”
“Everyone you meet knows something you don’t.”
“If you don’t know where you are going, then any road will get you there.”
“This world has so much to offer!”
“Perception shapes reality.”
“Be your passion.”
“When you are lost, remember love.”
“Change starts from within.”
“YOU are the ONE.”
“Take care of yourself.”
“Let’s all remind ourselves every day to be open to the possibility we are wrong.”
“Question what is useful.”
“Discard what is useless.”
“Create what is uniquely your own.”
…..And my three things are these:
- Give yourself a break.
- Things won’t always go your way, and that’s ok.
- Be kind to all, especially yourself.
*Burning Man is a week-long annual event that began in San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 and migrated to the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the American Labor Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. Burning Man is organized by Black Rock City, LLC and has been running since 1986.