It is easy and very natural to look at the immensity of the world, its vastness, the seemingly infinite number of people and then look in the mirror and feel infinitely small and practically non-existent. At the same time, there is much around us that we feel is wrong and wish we could change.
These two forces create tension within us, which becomes the source of much frustration, anger, sadness, hopelessness, depression and other feelings, that span far beyond the very issues which created them in the first place.
Many get stuck at this point, thinking: “That’s simply the way things are and I need to learn to live with that.”
It is possible to understand things this way from a limited point of view. But please remember: Whenever you feel that you’ve hit a dead end – this should be a reminder to you that you are not seeing the bigger picture. The world is much more than its physical aspect. What we perceive through our five senses and the faculty of thought, is just a drop in a bucket.
Be the change that you wish to have.
If you want world peace, practice peace in your daily life through meditation, conquering your anger, apologizing freely, living humbly and forgiving.
If you want a world without toxicity, you can avoid using regular chemical detergents, avoid buying food that contains food preservatives, flavoring substances and colors, and avoid using a mobile phone, wifi or microwave oven.
If you want a world without pain, become a friend to a lonely person who receives little attention. Show them that YOU care.
This list is endless, but you may be wondering why I am saying that these tiny actions can change the world.
Numbers are meaningless. How could one invisible virus destroy a big strong human being? There are millions of cells in the body whose sole function is to destroy viruses, yet people and animals do die from viruses. Had the virus been thinking: “It’s hopeless. I don’t stand a chance”, this attitude would have destroyed the virus itself.
How could a tiny seed become a giant tree? Had the seed been thinking: “Look at all these huge trees all around. I’m just a tiny seed. I won’t even try.”, then the seed would have simply decompose.
In the above examples, both the seed and the virus are not invested in any particular outcome. Instead they do all that they can towards achieving their goal, and allow the powers of the universe to work. When we invest ourselves in our actions without getting attached to any given outcome, that’s when we achieve the most. That’s when miracles happen.
If we allow our little candle to shine, we can gradually light up the candles of those around us, and they in turn, can light up the candles of those around them, and we spread the light until there is no more darkness. We don’t need to personally light every candle in the world. By lighting the candles of just those few who are close to us – through love, compassion and care for the common good – we create resonating feelings within them. In turn, they begin to feel a need to share further. That’s why the number of changes that needs to be made is not as critical as the intensity of our own intentions and actions.
But it has to start right here, with me. As long as I look around and wait for somebody else to initiate and to do for me and the world, I may not live to see the change that I wish to have. Once I initiate, and do the little that I can do, I set something in motion.
After lighting the candles of those around me, I can no longer see that more candles are being lit all the time – but they are; the light in the world grows exponentially.
Your true power goes way beyond the capacity of your thought and imagination. No one is stopping you from creating beauty, love and happiness for yourself and for the whole world; only you are.
Yes – you can change the world. Don’t let your light burn out; share it.