Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

What if this limitless world is our home?


FullSizeRender (95)Do not ask me where I am going
as I travel in this limitless world
where every step I take is my home

~ Dogen ~
Zen, Tao, Chan

What if… we did see every step we take as being in our own home? What if we did see this limitless world as our home. The place we reside. The place that holds us safe, secure, comfortable. That keeps us surrounded by beauty. That supports the flourishing of our lives?

Would you walk differently? Step more lightly? Tread  more gently?

Yesterday, as I got out of my car to take Beaumont for his walk at the park, I opened my door and there beside me on the ground was a pile of cigarette butts. Someone obviously had parked in that spot, pulled out their ashtray and emptied it on the ground.

Later, as Beaumont chased the ball that he insisted I keep throwing for him, I had to keep one eye on the ground to ensure I did not step on leftover evidence of other dog’s presence that owners had not picked up.

On my way home, I stopped at a local cheese shop to pick up delectable morsels for a girlfriend and I to share over a glass of wine. Just outside the shop I spied a discarded wrapper from the sandwich store next door. Someone had omitted to throw it into the cast iron garbage container that stood a few feet away at the edge of the sidewalk.

This is my home. Your home. Our home.

I regularly pick up other dog’s deposits while walking Beaumont. I also pick up litter on the street.

Yes, the original dog owner, the original litterer ‘should’ do it. But if they don’t, who will? Do we not each have a responsibility to take care, to pick up after those who do not?

If I don’t, who will?

The challenge is to pick up with a soft heart. To pick up trash without grumbling beneath my breath about inconsiderate ‘others’ as I complain about having to clean up after them..

To clean up with gratitude for the opportunity to be of service to this world which I call home can be challenging. I want to find the original offender and tell them to ‘do it right’. To quit being slobs. To start taking care of our shared world. Yet, if wherever I travel every step I take is my home, I must find the grace to be at home wherever I am, however the world is around me.

And that includes seeing everyone I meet, everything I encounter as part of my world, a world where I am responsible for the care I take, and give, to keeping my home clean, safe, beautiful and flourishing.

For today, let my mission be to treat all of this limitless world as my home. Let me carry only love in my heart and leave only peace in the wake of every step I take.


Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

3 thoughts on “What if this limitless world is our home?

  1. And the fact is, each place we step on IS our home. I do believe that, and I cringe when I see people not take care of ‘our’ collective space. We need to share it lovingly and caringly, I so agree. My guy and I are known to even stop the car on a town’s street if we see litter, pick it up, and throw it in the next trash can (which often means putting it in our car until we get home). Great message here, Louise.


  2. What a beautiful way to look at things… and Dogen, always inspiring!


  3. I so get the issue of grumbling. For me it’s grocery baskets left all over the place. I regularly put other peoples’ abandoned carts in the rack, hoping to keep someone’s car from being scratched, and although I know better, I’m often grumbling to myself about lack of consideration as I do it. I also pick up trash sometimes but I have to admit it depends on how gross it looks since I don’t keep plastic gloves in my purse. And if I don’t stay mindful I do that with a judgmental thought too. Good reminder to switch the grumbling to gratitude for doing service.


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