I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. ~ Mother Teresa
So much going on right now, it can be overwhelming! Some of you have been so impacted by what is happening in your life, family, country and world. You may have had moments, or even days, where you do not know what to do or which way to turn.
It is evident that the world is different. What was familiar to you may not even exist anymore. Some things you did a couple of years ago now have to be done in a different way. Change is often challenging but right now that seems to be the only constant in life.
With all the changes, it might feel like you are walking in quicksand. Perhaps you feel like you are stuck and there is no movement. You don't know what to do. You might believe that only big things make a difference.
Small things can be the start of something “big” and wonderful! A baby takes small, wobbly steps when first learning to walk. Eventually, after many weeks and baby steps, the child is walking further and further. Soon they are able to walk in a smooth flowing way.
And so it is with you! What can you do to help yourself and others? What can you do to make a difference in the world?
You may be doing what you can to support people in crisis in other parts of the world. There are those of you who contribute to your community. Some of you support family members in their time of need. And, some of you who do not know what or where to start to make a difference.
If it seems too much to start in a big way to help others, start with yourself. Yes, start with you! When you make positive changes within you, those beautiful changes are reflected out into the world. They affect everyone you come into contact with.
Let’s look at some practical “baby” steps you can take to make a difference in your life.
Move your body . . . take a walk, dance with yourself, do T’ai Chi. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Quiet your mind. Meditate or sit in silence focused on your in breath and out breath. Before you get out of bed each day, decide that you are going to make it a good day.
Stop beating yourself up when you believe you have made a mistake or messed up. Stop the negative self-talk! Quiet your mind that won’t stop putting you down. Pay attention to what you are thinking and saying about yourself.
Taking care of yourself is not selfish. Many of you were taught that you must put others first and not even think of doing something for yourself. Even as a parent, you have got to take care of yourself so you can be present and help your children.
Give yourself permission to do for you first. Fill up your cup so then you can let it flow out to others. Love yourself enough to take care of you. You are the only person you can count on for the rest of your life.
If you aren’t taking care of yourself in a way that is loving and kind, why not start now with “baby steps”. Pick even one thing you can start doing for yourself and do that for a week. See how you feel after that week. Those of you already doing things to take care of yourself, what can you do to take what you do to the next level?
The more you take steps and do this on a regular basis, the sooner you will be able to walk in a place of feeling good. When you feel good about yourself, you're in a high vibrational state. This lifts up everyone around you. When you do what is best for you, it is good for everyone.
Believe it or not, those baby steps you take to change yourself can make a difference in the world! Like ripples on the pond after a rock is thrown into the water, the changes you make go out from you in all directions. Baby steps can be that powerful!
What are you waiting for? Take that first step. You can do this!
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