There is a lot to do. There is a lot to do in our lives. There is a lot to do at home or at work. There is a lot to do to make the world a better place, and to help make it whole again.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed? I do. The world is a big place. Climate change is a big problem. Rethinking our culture and the way that we do things is… huge.
I came across a wonderful quote yesterday. It was an amazing reminder. A person that changed millions of people’s lives also felt overwhelmed:
“If I look at all the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.” – Mother Teresa.
One step at a time, one change at a time, one person at a time. We change our lifestyles one action at a time. We improve our communities one meeting at a time. We change the world one person at a time.
When you are changing your lifestyle at home, do you think about a specific reason why? I do. I actually envision a child in India who loses her home to climate change, as the waters rise. I picture a polar bear, alone and adrift on a tiny bit of ice in Antarctica. I think of my best friend’s daughter Simona when she’s my age, rationing the precious little oil we left her generation.
Yesterday my grandfather – who is just 6 months younger than Mother Teresa – said to me: “I hope I live to see the end of this Depression.” He lived through the Great Depression. And it was tough for him, it colored the way he sees the world. Not only did it teach him to survive and become resourceful, but it also allowed him to feel beauty in a way our generation has never felt. He sees beauty in being free from suffering.
But now he feels the suffering of people. He suffers economically himself. And you better believe I think of my grandfather as I work to change our world.
We have two years. In two years my grandfather will live to be 100 years. And he is working hard to stick around until then. So that gives us 2 years to fix the economy, bit by bit. I’m motivated!!
I encourage you to think specifically when you feel overwhelmed. Just do one thing, just start one thing even. You can’t change yourself overnight and you certainly can’t change the world overnight. But you can do something. So do it.
And if it help to motivate you, visualize a specific reason. Your children, a cute animal, a precious piece of land, whatever helps you imagine the affects of your change.
Mother Teresa said so many wise words. But here is another of my favorites:
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”