Do You Know How You Can Change the World?
Mindful columnist Elaine Smookler reminds us that there are countless ways to bring joy, health, and healing to our planet. You might be the agent of change we’ve been waiting for.
There’s lots in this world to make us feel small and unimportant. Corporations grow bigger and bigger. Governments may make decisions we don’t agree with. We feel impotent. And there’s just no reasoning with a global pandemic.
But are we actually powerless? Ultimately, there is great power in how we choose to handle the precious moments of our lives.
The dream that you have, to make a meaningful impact with your life, is in your hands. It is in your choices. There is nothing unimportant about how you choose to use your energy, your time, your money. Surprisingly, you do have power beyond anything you might imagine. Honey, the world has been waiting for you to be bold and play your hand.
There are countless ways to bring joy, health, and healing to our planet. You might be the agent of change we’ve been waiting for. Why you? Why not you?
Who is to say that you don’t have greatness encoded in your DNA? Maybe you have a cure for loneliness brewing in your mind, or maybe you are a compassionate teacher who will ease the suffering of one or many. Maybe you have the gift of being in the right place at the right time. There are countless ways to bring joy, health, and healing to our planet. You might be the agent of change we’ve been waiting for. Why you? Why not you?
Take Action in Your Life
When Reddit’s overnight GameStop bazinga temporarily set Wall Street on its ear earlier this year, it sent a thrill through the air. Fascinated, we watched entrenched power brokers get flipped on their collective heinies, by a bunch of everybodies, who just jumped in.
When not-yet-famous-rich-or-powerful 15-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg grew alarmed at the predicament of the imperiled planet, she took it upon herself to jolt world leaders into a can’t-look-away conversation at the UN. Fuelled solely by her own determination to be informed and be heard, she made it impossible for them not to pay attention to the red-hot urgency of the climate crisis. But who the heck was Greta Thunberg, and how on earth did she manage to make that happen? She broke the rules. Things don’t work that way. Or maybe they do, or can.
On one level, Greta’s secret for success was that she went for it. She didn’t merely think about it. She armed herself with facts, and learned how to communicate those facts clearly and succinctly. She saw the need and, presumably, she decided Why not me? She endured whatever was required to follow through on her quest.
In order to succeed in life we have to show up, says Elaine Smookler. With mindfulness, we dare to be fully present for all the ups and downs.
Being future-oriented has become synonymous with the idea of purpose. But this isn’t the only way we can feel purposeful.
On some level, many of us are healing from perfectionism, but with mindfulness we can learn to embrace our flaws. Cheryl Jones, founder of The Mindful Path, shares a guided practice to be with ourselves as we are.