If we focus on the realities of the world — the poverty, injustice, destruction, suffering, cruelty — it’s easy to want to dive into bed, throw the covers over our heads and hide, or to give a big sigh, give up on trying to make a difference and shrink our circle of concern to our most immediate needs and relationships. Because mainstream media often doesn’t cover the positive changes occurring, it’s easy to forget that there ARE positive changes occurring — a lot of them. It’s also easy to forget how much power we as individuals have in the choices that we make every day.
But people have begun to notice something: a shift is happening. More people and organizations are doing more…all over the world. In my work I’ve come across many resources, including these short videos, which have inspired me to hold onto my hope and continue my walk down a more compassionate, sustainable path.
The next time you’re ready to hide or give up, take a few minutes to let videos like these reinspire you:
The Shift — “We are in the middle of the biggest social transformation in human history.”
(About 6 minutes long)
A favorite quote from the short film:
“Making the world a better place is not only your responsibility, it is your joy, it is your blessing, it’s your gift. It is your opportunity to make your life mean something. So take it.”
Blessed Unrest — “How the largest movement in the world came into being and why no one saw it coming.” (About 6 minutes long)
A clip from Paul Hawken’s speech at the 2006 Bioneers, based on his book, Blessed Unrest.
The Power of One — “The power of one is the power to do something. Anything.”
(About 1 minute long)
A brief, powerful clip from the Earth Communications Office. I use this clip for some of my humane education presentations. It always makes me tear up — and feel very inspired.
What reinspires you?
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