Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Change-the-World To-Do List

Whew! It is HUGE, as Trump would say. Only I really mean it truly is long. But the good news is that you don't have to do it all. In fact, you don't have to do any at all unless you choose to. You are already doing a lot. But are you consciously doing things that make a positive difference?

My hope is that I will make more and more conscious choices so that I can know that I'm making a positive difference.  Most of the time we act unconsciously, trusting that things will work out. We do what is familiar because it feels safe. We follow what others do because we think they know what is best. We don't spend much thought on all the consequences of each act. We act out of habit most of the time.

But if we want change to occur anywhere we have to make change happen.

I read in Charles Eisenstein's The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible "You cannot change one thing without changing everything." At first I thought I had to change everything to accomplish one change. That was overwhelming.  But then I realized that what he was saying is that when we make one change everything else has to adapt or adjust and that creates a ripple of changes.

Think of it. You change shoes and your feet change. The change may be big or small, but there is a change. In fact, there are changes you make in order to change your shoes! Your body changes, you change the location of the shoes, and so forth. Remember, a change can be big or small or even infinitesimal.

The size of the change is not all that important in the scheme of things. But the outcome of even a small change can be major. An airliner that is one degree off course, if not corrected, can result in the plane eventually running out of fuel and crashing or smashing into a mountain. So don't minimize the size of your change.

So what one change, big or small, could you make today that would have a positive impact? And would that also have a positive impact, in some way, on the world? How? Share your thoughts here.

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