Does what you read pass the “my life” test?

 

“…The power to create is derived from the inner strength that is produced through unity.

Stop thinking of yourself as separate, and all the true power that comes from the inner strength of unity is yours-as a worldwide society, and as an individual part of that whole—to wield as you wish.”

(CWG book 3, p.43)

When I read books like CWG, I like to to do the “my life” test. Are they just nice words, or do they somehow have meaning in my life. Can I see how the words might have already proven to be true in my life.

These words have. Let me tell you a little story.

One day, about 7 years ago, I went to a homeowners meeting in my neighborhood, and I asked  if our neighborhood had considered a program for recycling. The President of the HOA said it was likely a question that should be asked of our local water district, at their Board meetings…and asked me if I would be the “committee” that went to the next meeting, and asked the question, representing our neighborhood. I decided I would, since it was clear that the others in attendance were also in favor of recycling.

So, I went to the Water Board and asked them if they would consider recycling. They kindly informed me that they had looked into it about 5 years before, but no one was interested. I then simply said, “I’m interested.”  They said they would look again, and told me to come back in a month to the next meeting.

So I did…and they had forgotten to look into it. So I told them I was still interested. They said they would look into it, and come back next month.

So I did…and I brought with me facts and figures that I had found on the internet that supported the need for recycling. (At that time the U.S. actually threw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire U.S. commercial air fleet!) The Board had looked into it this time, and had some preliminary pricing, and possible vendors! The Board then said they would consider it, and asked me to come back next month.

So I did! This time they discussed it in the open meeting. This time they voted on it…and approved it! We had recycling! Not only did we have recycling in my neighborhood, we had it in the whole water district. Not only did we have it, but they had a fund surplus and the first year was going to be paid for by the surplus.

I was stunned that one person, sitting patiently, simply letting her Water Board know that she was sincerely interested in recycling, took only 4 months to achieve her goal.

That was my ego talking, of course, because right after that last meeting one of the Board members took me aside and said that he had been trying to get recycling for years, and thanked me for coming to the meetings, month after month, to show that I was serious, and get the Board to act.

I realized that I was the person put in the right place at the right time to join with him in achieving his goal that had become mine as well. This, in addition to the President of the HOA who empowered my purpose by giving me the “committee” status, and the other homeowners who united with me in purpose at that same meeting.

I understood, then, that one person really does have the power to achieve great things in their world…especially if they realize they are never really alone, and actively work with others to achieve those great things!  And I understand now that the words of CWG above pass the “my life” test.

The question I now ask of you:  What little change might you be able to make in your home, neighborhood, or city, (or office, church and more!) that would come to life, if only someone were willing to give it voice? How can you join in someone else’s goal? How can you demonstrate that one is really ONE?  How can you/have you test(ed) the words you read in your life?

(Therese Wilson is a published poet, and is the administrator of, and Spiritual Helper at, the global website at www.cwghelpingoutreach.com  She may be contacted at: Therese@TheGlobalConversation.com.)

 

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  • Tasha England

    Therese, it’s so fun how life works. Your words here pass my “my life” test, and I’ll tell you why. I recently started working at a new restaurant; it opened three weeks ago. I live in NYC where recycling is required by everyone, homes and business alike, though it is up to the homes and businesses to arrange to have their recycling picked up. I was shocked to find on my first night working that there were no recycling containers. I asked if we were recycling and was told no. I decided to wait a bit and see if we WOULD get separate containers. And it has not happened. Every time I throw away glass, my heart hurts, and yet my ego has been winning an unspoken argument, telling me to not ruffle any feathers with my bosses since they’re stressed out, overworked, blah blah blah. Coming to your words today, on Earth Day… what a neat experience. I am prepared to go into work tomorrow and find out what the story is (SOME garbage companies do not require their customers to sort recycling, the company does it at the facility) and if the story is that we just aren’t recycling, I’m committed to changing the story. Thank you for the reminder.

    • Therese

      Tasha, it really is “so fun how life works”! When I wrote the column I completely forgot that it was Earth Day!

      I remember the first Earth Day. I was in high school and Ex VP Hubert Humphrey was the speaker at our assembly! A few years before that there was a campaign to become aware of how much people litter, and I started picking up litter, and Earth Day pointed out so many other things that humans were doing that were not helping our dear Mother. That day did, truly, change the way I look at so many things, and was a day I can point to as pivotal in my life.

      Thank you for sharing!

      Therese

  • http://markoworld.com/ Marko

    I think more & more of this kind of thing is going on & will catch fire, I visualize that.