Teacher’s Letter To Students Holds The Formula To World Change
And we don’t have to be president to help make the world a better place either.
As Mrs. Nagy said in this beautiful letter, decision-making is far from being a job exclusive to a president. Actually, the biggest decision-making job has always been ours. All of our small choices and actions combined are what make society. We do not have to wait for a compassionate leader before we can ourselves grow into more compassionate, generous and better human beings. That is—and always has been—our work to do.
Our egos may readily want to dismiss this, but the truth is we change the world by WHO we are and HOW we live our lives.
We Are The Greatest Project We’ll Ever Work On
When we understand that the world is like one big body, and each and everyone of us are a cell within it, we understand that our primary “project” isn’t so much about external doings. Our primary project is ourselves. It’s about being that one healthy cell.
As we evolve into our most authentic, kindest, wisest and most compassionate self, our actions and the way we use our gifts will create a positive ripple effect unlike any other. Coming from this space, we are in sync with life’s higher intelligence. We begin caring about the quality of our being, choices and actions. We let go of the countless self-limiting and fearful stories we have told ourselves because we know ourselves to be a valuable thread in the tapestry of the universe’s expansion. This is when our lives begin taking the shape of who we are meant to be and what we are meant to do. This is when we get to be the change we wish to see in the world.
“These little decisions you make that you think aren’t a big deal, are the biggest deal. These things that feel lighter but we ignore, are all part of the big picture. Are all part of a sign towards what you’re really here to do. The more you listen to your calling rather than your old story, the more it’s going to guide you to an incredible amount of you impacting the world.” – Kyle Cease
Trying to “change the world” without seeing ourselves as part of that equation is as if we are one unhealthy cell trying to “fix” all surrounding cells. Biology shows us that it takes one healthy cell to trigger all nearby cells to start healing. What if our actions came from a place of inner-transformation, as opposed to us trying to transform the world while we remain unchanged? Imagine if more of us chose to be that one healthy cell…
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” – Buddha
Easier Said Than Done
Yes, Of course. I know, because I have preached about “world change” for years before I very recently realized that the quality of my state of being, actions and relationships did not reflect the degree of love, harmony and compassion I wished to see in the world.
It is challenging, because it requires a personal revolution. A personal “detox” of everything that has been holding us back from being our greatest expression here on Earth. And as we all know, detox symptoms aren’t always easy. As we open our hearts, our egos might tell us it is unsafe. As we think about being generous and giving, our egos might scream “what’s in it for me?”. As we seek to collaborate with and help one another, our egos might sense a threat to its own “success”. As we choose to be fully authentic and true to our calling, our egos might fear we won’t find safety and support “on the other side”. That is because a sense of scarcity, lack and “not enoughness” has been drilled into our skulls by a culture that runs on the glamorization of superficial achievements. A culture that pits us against ourselves and each other.
But haven’t we noticed how even some of the most successful, popular, respected and validated individuals on earth end up ridden with anxiety, depression and a deep loneliness of the spirit? Perhaps this is a cue that self-maximization—at the expense of a sense of community with our larger human family—isn’t what we truly desire. Maybe we are wired for connection. Maybe we are wired “for each other”.
“We’ve adopted a toxic philosophy that shapes our society: To the winner belongs the spoils”. The idea that if you don’t win, you’re going to lose. You’re going to starve. Your kids aren’t going to eat. It’s not going to be your world, it’s going to be the winner’s world. And that’s exactly why we have the world that we have. But as parents, would we tell our children that if one of them succeeds, the other would starve? Would any parent do that to their children? No, because they are a family. At what point does the human family stop being a family?” – Tom Shadyac
This all may sound fluffy, cliché or naive, but I am pretty sure that as young children— before we got indoctrinated into “toughening up” and trampling over others to get ahead and find security — we just wanted love. We just wanted to share and rejoice in the community of our family. We wanted to play, express ourselves, and love and care for one another. We felt a deep resonance with our interconnection that got twisted and severed along the way. Obviously, the world isn’t short of dysfunctional families, challenges and influences that kick the softies, givers and lovers out of us all. But really, these influences just added layers of pretence, beliefs and defence mechanisms over what we have always been and yearned for.
So who is going to be the brave one and put their mask down first? It doesn’t really matter who. It really only matters if you will. Because… well… not to add any pressure or anything, but the entire world would rejoice in your light.
“Whether you accept it or not, each life is linked to all life. Your thoughts, words and actions create a ripple effect; much like a stone thrown into a pond. The quality of that ripple effect… is your legacy” – Kosta Stoyanoff
Author: Elina St-Onge