As you may have noticed, the banner photo for this blog changed a couple weeks ago. While I loved the photo of the bridge in the mist, it was the stock photo that came with the site, and I wanted something that I created. The new photo is one that I took while on my knitting retreat, on a rainy day. I am looking backwards at the fallen trees that I just climbed over that were in my path.
Obviously, it was fairly easy to jump over these trees to continue on my path, but for some reason, they got me to stop and reflect on the other obstacles that seem to be in our collective paths. When we get to handle them one at a time, they are easy. It is when we stack them up and think that we have to handle them all at once that we really get bogged down. Think of how much harder it would have been to hop over these trees if they were nailed one on top of another creating a wall, instead of side by side.
Often, if we have the patience to handle one challenge at a time, we get to look back and see that it was easier than we originally believed that it would be.
Right now, I am trying to get a handle on how I should respond to the seemingly looming crisis that humans have created in the environment. To me, it is overwhelming when I think of everything as a whole; but when I can deconstruct the problems, they become much smaller and I have the strength to hop over them. This approach makes me feel far more empowered. Looking at all our problems creates hopelessness, but we each are smart and have the tools to implement real change. No one person is going to solve global warming, over consumption, and a host of other problems if they think that they have to get it perfect the first time or there is no point. The trick is to acknowledge our individual power and use it to overcome fear and doubt.
When we collectively feel empowered to make the changes we can in our lives and environment, instead of waiting until we have a magic bullet to fix everything at once, that is when we will see true change. And it will hopefully turn out that it wasn’t as hard as we all feared.