How to Change Lives for Seven Generations

Do you ever notice any of the following:

- Wrappers, empty containers, pieces of paper, and other litter discarded on sidewalks and other public areas?

- Pedestrians ignoring traffic signals and crossing anyways, only to have a car unexpectedly appear and then wait for them to finish their “jaywalking?”

- Drivers throwing small wrappers, cans, cigarette butts, and other trash out the window as they drive?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be wondering:

What do all of these examples have in common?

Well, here it is: Each person responsible for these actions is having an impact, often adversely, on other people.

The Power of Seven Generations

In Native American tradition, the Great Law of the Iroquois urges us to FIRST think seven generations ahead and consider what impact our decisions and actions will have on our children seven generations into the future.


Because each one of our actions is having an impact on other people, whether we realize it or not.

Therefore, it is very beneficial to consider the impact on others BEFORE making our decisions and taking our actions.

The Golden Rule

If you’re not sure what to do in any given circumstance, situation, or condition, it's easy. Simply follow the golden rule: treat others how you want to be treated.

How to Change Lives for Seven Generations

Here are some simple things that each of us can do now to improve and help change our lives and the lives of our children seven generations into the future:

The bottom line is to remember that all of your actions do impact others...yes, even the small ones. So, choose them wisely.

“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Teresa