Though in my home state of Colorado, USA, March can be the snowiest month, I remind myself daily that spring is just around the corner. When my week is sprinkled with a few sunny days in the 60’s, my faith and hope in the rebirth nestled deep in the earth is renewed.
Our lives follow similar “seasonal” cycles of dormancy, new growth, profusion and harvest. However, sometimes, when we consider all of the discord and unmet needs in the world, we can become stuck in the dormant cycle because we’ve become discouraged with fear-based illusions of lack and insufficiency. The sheer volume of need can feel so overwhelming, we begin to feel small and not up to the challenge. In fact, it can all seem downright impossible. There is just too much to do! And one person can’t do it all.
Good news. No one has to do it all. Everyone can do some good and every little bit of good makes a difference. Our individual contributions add up to a huge energy investment that starts shifting things for the better for everyone everywhere.
During the 19th century, renowned reformer Theodore Parker observed, “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.” A century later, Martin Luther King, Jr. paraphrased these words to great effect in his famous August 1967 speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?” when he said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Instead of focusing on ALL the world needs, try thinking about what YOU can do. Maybe you can pitch in and help your elderly neighbor with a yard project. Or spend time with someone who can’t get out and about due to emotional or physical limitations. Or “go the extra mile” by contributing your time and talents to a charitable project or organization that matters to you.
Every act of kindness, large or small, makes a difference. Our service creates a ripple effect we often don’t see. The way to meet all of the world’s needs isn’t for you to try to do EVERYTHING, it’s for you to pay attention, care and do what you can.
As each of us does his or her part to foster hope, possibilities and empowerment by sharing kindness, love and light, we are changing the world, right now, one act at a time. The arc may be long, but it is indeed bending toward love and justice. We are each helping to make it so every day with the work of our hands and our hearts.
And so it is. Blessed be.
PS: Yesterday it was sunny here in Aurora, Colorado with a high of 63º F. Today when I finished drafting this post, I turned around to discover it had started snowing to beat the band. But I nurture the warmth of spring here in my heart as I recall the lyric from the song, “The Rose,” made popular by Bette Midler, “Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snow, lies the seed that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.” When I embrace everything I encounter as an opportunity, my life is a sunny journey to wholeness filled with endless possibilities for gratitude, love and joy. Even when it’s snowing.