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I sit here after flipping through Facebook and seeing many posts about 9/11 and the anniversary last week. It brings back the feelings of fear and unknowing from that morning.
This morning I got an e-mail from World Vision asking for help in Syria because the refugee situation is growing. Over 1 million refugees are children. I think of my children and cringe.
Looking at any news page, the levels of hate and mockery for others and government is so high. The negativity is like a heavy weight.
We are surrounded with injustice, pain, fear, self-righteousness, shame, unknown, and loneliness.
It seems easy to become overwhelmed by it all. To feel blocked in. To feel overpowered. Or worse, to become calloused.
But there is something we can do. It is something much bigger than we may realize. It is something desperately needed and something we have the power to do.
I will be the change I want to see – Let it begin with me
Earlier this summer Karen Meazen Miller posted ‘Let it begin with me‘ as her status update on Facebook and I jotted it down. I can’t change the world, but I can change me. I can’t change what others do, but I can change what I do to others. It won’t change the world, and probably won’t make history, but it can make a huge difference to someone or to many people I meet.
Unfortunately, the negativity, fear, hate, and pain we see in the world is a collection of individuals choosing these things and these actions. I can choose to imitate them (even if only in my words and thoughts), I can ignore them, or I can live a different life in contrast and opposition to the wrongs I see.
Instead of holding fear I can help others find safety
Instead of responding with negativity I can speak positively
Instead of being overwhelmed by pain I can take action to help someone else
Instead of withdrawing in loneliness I can offer friendship and love
Instead of being upset with injustice shown to me I can make sure to treat others fairly
Instead of feeling poor I can share my wealth with those who need it more
Instead of being disgusted with another’s actions I can support those living positively
Instead of feeling inadequate I can encourage those around me
Instead of struggling with my own self-worth I can work to build up others
Instead of being upset with hate I can show acceptance
It is both wrong to say I can change the world and that I can’t change the world, because I do have the ability to be the change I want to see in the world. I can’t change those who cause hurt and pain, but I can choose to live to show light and reflect Love. Where we often feel powerless we do hold the power over our own actions.
We are all in this together.
We all feel pain, fear, and struggle in life. The things I feel I need so much in my life are things I can give to others also needing them (possibly sometimes more than I).
When we chose to give what we feel we need we are changed. There is power in this, there is peace in this, there is purpose in this, and there is healing in this.
The world needs me and the world needs you to be the change we want to see.