Sometimes I wish that I had special powers to make big, important changes to the world. Maybe some of the changes aren’t necessarily planet-changing, but I still wish that I had more than my own volition and actions to make improvements. Let’s assume for this journey that I consider my life modifications to be universally acceptable.

I would:

Make certain that all school children have enough clothing, supplies and food in their tummies to ensure good learning days.

Have the ability to undo or unsay things that I have said or done in haste or frustration. While we’re on this subject, I would opt to remove or modify all of my weaknesses and flaws that have perturbed me for all my life.

Remind the drivers who are talking on their phones that their lives are as much in danger as mine through their behavior.

Adequately communicate to those I love that my love for them is boundless and without contingencies of any type.

Require our representatives – local, state and federal – that their jobs are to represent us, not to incite, indict or ignore those who elected them.

Return the concept of sport to baseball, football and basketball, making them competitive endeavors, not multi-million contract one-upmanship.

Make healthcare affordable and understandable to all who access it or need to do so.

Return to an “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” form of judicial proceeding. If you take the life of a child, your life should have a similar end.

Have all Holocaust deniers spend an hour with a collection of Auschwitz (or any other Holocaust) survivors.

New Mexico appears to be full of pickup truck drivers who ignore speed limits and other drivers. Require them to take annual driving tests if they are repeatedly ticketed for speeding.

Encourage more companies to provide senior discounts. This sector of the population is frequently abused, cheated and victimized. Their lives should be comfortable and free from anxiety.

Many of us are fond of reminding others that we have two ears and one mouth as a reminder that we should listen twice as much as we speak. May this be a habit that we all adopt, for the sake of others and ourselves. Shalom.

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