Maybe many of you, like myself, feel overwhelmed at times with what we see happening in the world. There are times when the amount of frustration and helplessness I feel can paralyze me. I would love to help everyone! I would love to see all with shelter and a warm meal daily. I would love to see the end to war. I would love to see everyone treated with respect no matter what their political or religious views. I would love to see that just because someone is different from us doesn’t make them wrong or bad. Just different. I would love to see that we can allow others to have their beliefs and that we don’t have to convince them that OUR way is the ONLY way. There are a lot of things I would like but I also have to be realistic as to how much I can change any of it.
I gave up watching TV several years ago. I never found anything worth watching, especially the news. Does this mean I don’t know what’s going on in the world and that I have my “head in the sand”? Not at all. I’ve made a conscious choice as to where I put my energy. Rather than focusing on that which I can’t change, I focus on what I can. From my reactions, to how I treat all those I come into contact with on any given day. It’s my friends, family and community where I bring my attention and efforts. Yes, sometimes it feels like it’s not enough and then I remind myself that it’s exactly what’s needed.
It’s easy to sit back and complain about all that we see happening in the world but I challenge you to take actions that align with your purpose and not just complain, judge or shame. If we do that, we are part of the problem. For me it’s about creating change close to home. For others it’s getting involved in local politics and for others it may mean getting involved nationally. Decide how you can be part of the change you wish to see and do it. It doesn’t help anyone to be in fear, judgement or negativity. That doesn’t change anything.
Any small effort we make has a ripple effect. Whether it’s helping someone reach an item off the shelf at the grocery store, acknowledging the homeless man in the street as an equal or running around getting petitions signed – it all can and does make a difference. How are you showing up on a daily basis in the world? What effort are you making each day to create the change you wish to see? What is one step you would be willing to take today?