The more consciousness you have, the more potential you have to create.
~ Deepak Chopra
This is the kind of quote that leaves me feeling simulataneously stoked, and also kind of disoriented.
What Deepak says is true (and I don’t mean to pick on him). But what is true is not always super helpful. Lofty, grandiose pronouncements are not always the best motivators. There’s a subtle art to encouragement, activation, and inspiration.
I am so grateful to those who are skilled in offering it. Perhaps nothing is needed more now.
These are days when it is easy to become overwhelmed and confused. There is so much that needs doing, and the problems we are faced with are so thorny that it’s hard to know where to begin. I have spent quite a few years working for environmental causes, and I know despair and frustration very well. Our problems are so massive they can be downright immobilizing.
I think it’s important to say that. To be able to have it. I get really annoyed when I hear people sounding like a nike ad: “Just do it.” As though we are robots. We can’t heal what we won’t acknowledge. It’s vital to accept and make space for the truth of where we are. Even our small, confused, overwhelmed, unheroic parts. Especially those parts. Empathy and understanding are the only way to move through fear and doubt. Lecturing, dissociating, and shaming don’t work.
Blessed are those who call us forward into the small steps and show us why they are worthwhile in spite of their modesty. Blessed are those who map out the big picture that validates our everyday ordinary gestures of compassion, connection, and goodwill. In this time of isolation and numbness, validation is precious and healing.
This is a time when every small action counts. And those who are able to call that forth are performing a profound and remarkable service. Those who are able to do so while holding us in our uncertainty and uneasiness are helping us heal, inside and out.
It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.
~ Wendell Berry