“The world is a mess. What can I do to change it?”

A friend once said to me “The world is a mess". Then asked, "What can I do to change it?”

I answered:

 I can only live the most full and rich life that I can by participating in it, not by being just an observer. 

Garth Brooks once wrote in a song;

“I could have missed the pain

But I’ve had had to miss the dance”.

I can choose to be honest with myself, own what is mine, bear witness, speak my truth, choose my challenges wisely, and above all else do no harm.

I can only change the world by changing my own life and living it in the way that I want to see the world manifest. 

All is held in the consciousness of infinity which is comprised of the myriad of all individual consciousness within it.

Malvina Reynolds once sang, “One and one and one and one makes a million.”


Later I read this in the Tao Te Ching  (translated by Stephen Mitchell):

“Do you want to improve the world?

I don’t think it can be done.


The world is sacred.

It can’t be improved.

If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.

If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.


There is a time for being ahead,

A time for being behind;

A time for being in motion,

A time for being at rest;

A time for being vigorous,

A time for being exhausted;

A time for being safe,

A time for being in danger.


The Master sees things as they are,

without trying to control them.

She lets them go their own way,

and resides in the center of the circle.”


What do you think?





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