When times are tough, one of the greatest tools I rely on is my ability to change my perspective and view things differently. I know that how I view the world, and the thoughts I think are so important and powerful. These past few months have been incredibly eye opening to me. I have found that the more that I learn about the world, the more necessary it is for me to rely on my tools to remain positive and empowered.
The world is going through some very challenging times. If you watch the news for long enough, you hear stories that make you mad, sad, and everything in between. I will admit that I have felt very helpless lately. It feels like there is so much to do, so many wrongs to right.
With so many injustices, so much darkness, and so much hatred, where do we even start? It may feel like the world is worse than ever, but history shows us that just like the difficult times have happened before, there will always be the empowered, thoughtful, and inspired people who lead the way through.
Every single one of you reading this blog is a leader who can help bring us to more peaceful times. Inspired by an essay by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, my mantra when I start to feel completely helpless is, “We were born for these times.” This affirmation immediately reminds me that we are here right now, on purpose. It completely changes my perspective and helps me to remember that we are never given anything we can not handle.
We are all here on this earth, at this moment in time, to contribute something. We all have a purpose. We all have the skills, thoughts, compassion, and knowledge to create a world that does not feel scary, unstable, and unjust.
The time is now to awaken our inner activists. We are no longer able to turn away from the problems of the world. We know too much, we’ve seen too much, and we all can do better. Because we are aware, we must take a stand.
There is always going to be some sort of battle to be fought, but the key to fighting is remembering that we are specifically equipped to fight each one. We were born for these times.
My plea for you all this week is to dive deep into your souls, and find what causes you are ready to fight for. Every single one of you is needed. No act of kindness is too small. If each of us does our part, imagine the world that we would live in.
We are all alive right now in this moment to contribute something. What is your contribution going to be?
Here’s an excerpt from the essay:
“We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater? (you can find the entire essay on line.)
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org