But I’m just little ol’ me

The situations facing Humanity today seem daunting.  So much so that they can feel pretty overwhelming on an individual level.  Some days I experience the certainty of my role in effecting positive change.  But some days I find myself questioning my ability to make much of a difference, much less a significant change, in the world in which I live.   I have even been tempted in certain moments to believe that my perceived “lack of ability’ means I should just leave the “heavy lifting” to someone sitting in a more powerful or influential position.

Have you experienced this sense of powerlessness?  Does your heart and soul yearn to be part of the solution, yet your mind doesn’t know where to even begin?

The good news is that we are all powerful.   We all have the ability to create change.  We all are in a unique position to influence the way life is lived on our planet.  And the even better news is it doesn’t require financial abundance or a large team of brilliant philosophers nodding in agreement with you.  It doesn’t require a captive audience or a best-selling book.  And you don’t even have to be a spiritual master.

It simply begins with your next choice.  It starts with a decision to choose in accordance and in alignment with your beliefs.  It unravels from the expenditure of your energy into actions that support and foster the type of world you wish to live in.

For example…

Maybe today you will begin using paper bags at the grocery store instead of plastic, a non-negotiable decision to protect the well-being of our planet.

Or perhaps you will locate the local farmers markets or co-ops in your area and begin purchasing your food from the people who farm organically right in your own backyard, so to speak.

What if you stopped buying bottled water and began to filter your own?

Might it be possible that you could do without Starbucks for a day or two and instead give that $5.00 or $10.00 to someone who could really use it?

Would you be open to initiating more conversations with the people you come across in your day-to-day affairs?  The couple waiting in line behind you at the movie theater, the delivery man in the elevator, the lady ringing up your purchase at the convenience store?

Are you willing to consider an entirely new way of thinking about why you are even here in the first place, on this planet, right now?  If your ideas about that changed, how might that impact the choices you make in your relationships with other human beings, the animals, the plants, the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, the land you walk on?

Are you prepared to try something new, maybe one thing, and take one small step in the direction of the larger global objectives placed before us?

Yes, some of these are simple ideas.  But, hey, who said changing the world had to be complicated?  Who declared that it has to be all or nothing?   Maybe you have some ideas, thoughts, or opinions you are willing to share right here with the visitors who come to this website, ways in which we can all contribute to the abundance and health of our planet and the well-being of all human beings who share this space we call home.  I urge you to feel free to express them.  After all, we are The Global Conversation.

I part with the practical and loving words of someone very wise, my own wonderful mother, who once said to me:   “I want to leave the world a nice place for my grandchildren to live in.”

That is the kind of world I want to live in.

(Lisa McCormack is the Managing Editor & Administrator of The Global Conversation. She is also a member of the Spiritual Helper team at www.ChangingChange.net, a website offering emotional and spiritual support. To connect with Lisa, please e-mail her at Lisa@TheGlobalConversation.com.)

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  • Terri Lynn

    Wow, Lisa, this is the perfect message for me to read today. My usual self is upbeat and I usually feel I do have the power to change the world but today I have been feeling powerless and a bit down mainly because I feel uneffective in a world of people I love struggling all around me. Your message just gave me the lift I need to get back to my positive side. Thank you.
    All the ideas you mentioned are great small things we can do. Even just a kind word or a smile can brighten someone’s day. I do many of the things you mentioned and you made me realize that it is not the grand gestures we do that make the difference in our world but it is the small things we do every day. So, thank you for your message today because you did help me to change my world today.

    • I am so glad to hear that these words arrived in your life at the perfect time for you, Terri. I shared the “powerless” aspect here in an effort to convey that it is a very real occurrence for me, too. Perhaps we should re-coin the phrase “think big” into “think small,” as I quite often see our bigness being demonstrated in the little things we do. And that feels pretty darn good.

      • Terri Lynn

        Yes. I like that idea to “think small.” It is the little things we do each day when no one is watching that make the biggest difference in our lives and the world we live in.