“We are beginning to see an unprecedented phenomenon now happening in this world of ours. People from all walks of life are coming alive and coming together, impelled to create a more just and sustainable society. In his book Blessed Unrest Paul Hawken presents this as what he calls The Movement With No Name, the largest social movement of human history. Estimating the number of grassroots groups and nongovernmental organizations for social justice, Indigenous rights and environmental sanity, he suggests a figure of 2 million (as of 2007), and counting. Each of these groups and organizations represents a yet vaster number of individuals who, in some way or another, are hearing the call to widen the notions of their self-interest and act for the sake of life on Earth. In this defining moment, countless choices are being made, habits relinquished, friendships forged, and gateways opened to unforeseen collaborations and capacities. All have something fresh to reveal. All can help inspire others.
This is a dark time filled with suffering, as old systems and previous certainties come apart. Like living cells in a larger body, we feel the trauma of our world. It is natural and even healthy that we do, for it shows we are still vitally linked in the web of life. We will never bring forth what we haven’t dared to dream or learnt to imagine.”
From The Great Turning, Joanna Macy
I trust in God who plans for welfare and not for evil, to provide a future and a hope.
What things need to be “made new”? Who are some groups who are putting effort into this? Reflect on the needs and what impact the way you live can have on them. Is there a group you can join or support. Live in a spirit of hope.
Behold, I make all things new.
Rev 21: 1-6
Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others,
or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,
these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls
of oppression and resistance.
We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
Cowardice asks the question – is it safe?
Expedience asks the question – is it politic?
Vanity asks the question – is it popular?
But conscience asks the question – is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a
position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular,
but one must take it BECAUSE it is right!
Martin Luther King Jr.
The future depends on what you do today.
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.