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I Would Love Your Thoughts


I wrote something today that I’ve posted at the Co-op, but I would really love you all to read it and I would absolutely LOVE your thoughts. Please stop by and let me know what you think!


This is a personal struggle that I believe several of us have had in one form or another, and it helps elucidate what I’ve been thinking about lately…


My Struggle With Saving The World



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7 comments to I Would Love Your Thoughts

  • I posted this comment over at the co-op, but thought it worth posting here as well…

    Your story reminds me of an old, unattributed quote:

    “When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”

  • I read this yesterday and didn’t comment, not because it didn’t resonate with me, but just because.

    My experience with trying to change the world through work went down a different path- teaching elementary school, and then adults, and finally working with the Girl Scouts. Now I just blog, throwing posts out to the electron sea with abandon.

    The problem with that approach is that you may never see whether or not you have brought change to the world. But I think we all come to the realization that change is made one by one, my life example viewed through the eyes of another, and acted on. There’s a television commercial that’s is aired now, showing a person doing something for someone else that is observed by a third person who then acts, with that act being observed by another and so on. I try to keep that in mind- whatever choice I make, someone else may be basing THEIR next move on what they see me do. So I better stick to the high road.

  • monica

    I am fascinated by the first picture–How could something so awe-inspiring and beautiful, be so deadly and destructive at the same time?
    My big brother is a physicist. He tried to explain to me about the potential energy released by a hydrogen atom (single electron liberated) having that much power–just think about an atom with greater potential through more electrons. WOW. The explosion happens because that is how much energy is relleased by ONE electron–we can not contain the explosion, thus all of that energy is lost.
    This is My understanding of how it happens, but I repeated it back to him and he said I understood him. He used lots of fancy words that I didn’t have an inkling what they meant.

    I wish we didn’t know how to destroy as well as we do.

  • Lovely, lovely thoughts you three – thank you!

    Darren, I’ve heard that quote as well – thank you for reminding me of it. I will say, that while I didn’t write about this, I started to change my self before I started to change the world, and that as I work on changing the world, I am forever working to change myself. Both are so important to me.

    Willa, “I try to keep that in mind- whatever choice I make, someone else may be basing THEIR next move on what they see me do. ” A very important point. I do think we can do a lot with our writing. P wrote a great post that followed mine: Time to guide the change. You may find it interesting.

    monica, It is amazing, isn’t it? I wonder, if we have the power to destroy as we do, do we also have an equal and opposite power – eg, to create, generate, love, …?

  • Thomas Jefferson

    I posted a long reply yesterday, then, sadly, my computer crashed before I could send. Ugh.

    I worked out in Hollywood for a number of years before being completely burned out on bad commercials, hack band music videos and low budget no heart B movies. I left disillusioned and disheartened. That wasn’t why I got into film.

    I turned back to drawing, my first love, and found my voice in drawing pictures that are socially poginant.

    That rekindled my love for film. so now I am in the process of making a small animated documentary. Hopefully to be completed by year end.

    I think sometimes, if there were and outlet or showing for socially/environmentally works of art that could tour the nation. A coalition of sorts.

    In the mean time, I work my garden, pay attention and get inspired to create (hopefully) thought provoking works.

    My days of conquering the world ended years ago, when my ego finally caught up with reality. Now my mission is to plant seeds. Both literally and metaphorically.

  • [...] When I wrote about my own struggle to “save the world,” many of you replied that it is the little things that all add up together to create world change.  Indeed, this is a perfect example. [...]

  • Spirit Dreamer

    whatta vision!!! Peace! Earth free from humanity; to be reborn!

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