Saving the world is overwhelming, but it’s possible.
We all want to save it in some way, don’t we? We all want to feel like we’re bringing a little light into this seemingly chaotic and scary existence.
We are forever bombarded with negativity, from the radio chat on our morning commute to the “side effects may include,” commercials that run between the news stories about wildfires, gun massacres, and the relentless debates about the last preposterous thing that Donald Trump said. <shakes head>
It’s no wonder that so many of us feel anxious and depressed. There is an overall sense that the world is becoming infinitely more cruel, that there are countless problems and so few solutions. Society persistently repeats, “That’s just life, I guess.”
But here’s the deal. That’s not just life. You aren’t powerless, and you can change the world.
Changing your emotions, improving your life for the better, or making a positive impact on the world, can be as easy as taking one simple action. And then another. Ya feel me?
Action takes you out of powerlessness and into a place of relief and forward momentum.
It doesn’t have to be a groundbreaking movement, it just has to be a step in the right direction.
Give it a go! When you hear something that breaks your heart, counter your sadness and fear with action. I don’t mean you have to run for President, start a non-profit, or donate millions to charity. I mean doing just one simple thing that feels like forward progress and brings you some sense of peace.
Keep track of every positive thing you do to help and watch how it adds up.
Use what you love and what comes naturally to you to find creative ways to support things that you care deeply about. For instance, when you see a story about a neglected dog that makes your stomach drop, turn it around and take action: Volunteer to walk a shelter dog, donate a box of milk-bones, or photograph animals at a rescue so the public can view them in a better light. Give $1. Sign a petition. Bring your own dog to a park where he can catch his ball 147 times and have, for the thousandth day in a row, the best day ever. You get the idea.
As a side note: Look at this face! I mean, seriously.
Positive action will always move you (and the world) into a better place.
As someone who is particularly drawn to nature and wildlife, I’m especially affected by the disheartening news surrounding the plight of our planet. Another African elephant calf has lost its mother due to poaching, another irreplaceable species is on the verge of extinction, another rainforest teeming with life has been leveled for a palm oil plantation.
I can’t bring the elephant back, I can’t protect every sea turtle, and I can’t keep logging operations out of Borneo. But, I can sign a petition along with hundreds of thousands of others against the ivory trade. I can prevent one sea turtle from dying with a belly full of plastic by deciding to bring reusable bags to the grocery store instead of the plastic version. I can reduce the need for rainforest logging by giving up products with palm oil listed in the ingredients.
I can do something.
We may not be able to save the world in one big glorious swoop, but we can save it in a million little ways every day. Aesop wrote, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” That’s the truth.