Ripples #937: Agents for Change!
May 8, 2017
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ―Dan Millman, shared by Amy in Brookfield, WI
We have work to do, and it’s easy to simply sit back and poke fun at everything, but it’s more difficult to actually stand up and be an agent for change.
-Matthew Paul Turner, shared by Shannon in Hagerhill, KY
Lots of people are displeased with the way things are: at work, or at school, or in their community, or in the world. It’s relatively easy to identify things we’re unhappy or frustrated with, and it’s not that hard to wish things were different. Complaining, jeering, and eye-rolling can help us vent our frustration even though they don’t do much to improve the situation.
Eventually, most of us get to a point where we realize that while we are waiting on someone *else* to fix things, we may not have done everything in our *own* power to be part of the solution. There is almost always more action we could be taking to inform, educate, and motivate ourselves and those around us. Granted, there are certainly times when we’ve done TOO much and we’ve depleted our reserves of energy and compassion.
If we don’t do enough, we’re complacent. If we do too much, we’re depleted. The trick is to adjust our awareness and action so that we can recognize what is going on around us and commit to specific actions that will likely contribute to growth and progress.
Assess your current situation and see if there is anything you could do differently to be a more effective agent of change.
The Ripples Guy
P.S. Thanks for everything you already ARE doing–it matters!