It’s over, the grace period after New Year when everything feels full of exciting possibilities. Kids are back at school, everyone is back at work, the traffic is crazy again, the news feeding in from overseas continues to make you wonder how humanity can be so cruel to its own and back here politicians squabble as usual. Darn, nothing much has changed.
Here is the thing – we have very little control over what happens out there. The only thing we have real control over is ourselves. Me, moi, the personal pronoun ‘I’ – that’s what we can control, that is what we can change.
Personally, I’ve never been one for chasing wild fires and trying to put them out. I’m more of a ‘deal with the smoldering embers around me’ kind of gal, make sure the fires at home stay dampened. Oh, it’s great to pursue notable causes; someone has to and I’m not disrespecting that lot because we need people like Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Mahatma Ghandi, Malala Yousafzai … the list is long and extensive, and heroes and heroines every one of them.
I don’t know about you but I’m never going to make that list however I’m not impotent when it comes to creating change – neither are you. Every decision to exhibit an act of kindness, every act of forgiveness, every act of tolerance every wise word or loving, caring comment and a helping hand reaching out makes a difference. It creates change, not just in others, but most importantly in ourselves.
It’s an old adage “charity begins at home” and yep darn straight it does! If each of us will mend ourselves and be charitable to those we come in contact with, one day we WILL collectively mend the world.