How can you make a difference? #Paperclips
Updated: Aug 24
ORIGINAL POST WRITTEN ON 6/18/2020:
You wanna know what you can do? So did I. This is what I've got for us so far...
So quick story: A week ago, I was on a Zoom call with some buddies, and one of my newer friends could sense my overwhelm...she knew that I thought, no matter WHAT I did, it wouldn't be enough. "I'm just one person!" was the subtext underneath everything coming out of my mouth.
And then she said something that I'll never forget.
She said, "Miracle...you can't save everybody or fix everything all on your own. It's impossible, and if you try - you'll burn out in about a week. But you CAN make sure that the ACLU has paperclips. Like...make it YOUR JOB to make sure that the ACLU has paperclips, you know? DO that...with all your heart, and that will make a difference."
I felt IMMEDIATE relief and possibility. Like a glimmer of hope started to shine out from underneath my rage, my sadness, my confusion, heartbreak, shame and regret...that the LOVING AND HOPEFUL AND BRAVE part of me had permission to take ACTION...to use my pain and turn it into power.
I think I used to hide in the overwhelm...like it was a subconscious excuse to not do anything, if I couldn't do everything...OR do it the way I thought it should be done. I thought BIG AND PUBLIC AND LOUD automatically meant more valuable, important or effective. But now I understand that that's not necessarily true. Even the smallest action from a single person, can have a global impact. And WE get to decide if we use our impact for the greater good or not.
So all the more reason to get into alignment, heal our broken bits, and take loving right action however and wherever we can - while still honoring our limitations, and using our gifts! And whether it's paperclips or protests...each one of us can make a difference. Isn't that wonderful?!?!?!
I promise to keep evaluating and re-examining how I can continue to affect positive change in my own little corner of the world and take action accordingly. I promise to keep showing up in truth, bravery and light, and I hope you'll do the same. xoxo
We've got this! We can do this...one paperclip at a time.
In gratitude always,