We live in a very big world. I am only one of seven billion human beings currently living on this planet. And humans are only one species among many. Our lives are very short, even in relation to other biological species. Trees for example can live for hundreds of years. Even over many lifetimes my impact is limited.
The world in which we live is incredibly complicated. There are many problems that are too big for me to comprehend and sometimes it can be overwhelming to think of even one of them and I cannot count how many there are. I had thought about listing even just some of them but, I think every human being can list more than they would wish to.
I cannot identify every problem nor define its causes or its myriad affects. Nor can I identify the solutions to each problem and even if I could, I am but one small human with a very small impact, I cannot effect change on a scale large enough to fix even one problem among all that we face. It is easy to become overwhelmed with the immensity of it all and with the smallness of our lives in comparison. It is easy to despair of ever effecting positive change in our world.
But despair is not a valid answer. Worry is also not a productive use of energy. These are things that prevent us from having even a limited impact. If each of us wastes our lives in despair and worry then we may as well all just give up and let the universe cease to exist.
I for one am not willing to concede defeat. Being aware of the big picture is important but, it is helpful only if it informs my own purpose. I can only do that which is before me today. I can only focus on what impact I can have, not on the immensity of what I cannot accomplish.
I must take responsibility for my footprints, for the work of my hands and my words and my magick. I must make my impact a positive one, no matter how small it might be. At every opportunity I have to positively change the culture, the environment, the future. I am responsible for doing what I can.
My daily life is my responsibility. And that is really all that I have. To serve my Gods, to honor my Ancestors and my Allies, to care for others, to respect the Earth and all of those beings with whom I share it. This is my responsibility. To live a life that evolves my spirit so that each incarnation brings a better chance to improve the situation.
In this life I have come to understand that my purpose is directly related to loving others. There are many ways in which I can be loving. All of them are important. I can encourage, I can nurture, I can comfort and heal, I can listen and keep silence, I can respect another’s work and autonomy, I can show someone where to find the candles and I can stand up and say NO if I see something that is damaging. I can learn when I am in error and be “teachable” and flexible enough to change my point of view. I can gently and compassionately guide and teach when it is within my authority to do so. Worry and despair, pride and stubbornness, complacency and carelessness, and adding to the damage are not a part of the equation.
I care about the big picture, and I want my world and all those I share it with to be healthy and strong. I will do all that I can. And I will have faith that it will be enough someday. Blessed Be.