By Linda Commito
We are experiencing dramatic changes—in our climate, our government, our health and financial systems—but the biggest shift may be happening within ourselves.
Awareness doesn’t always come easily. Sometimes it takes a trip down the road of despair to discover who we are and what authentically defines us: What do we stand for? What gives hope, meaning and value to our lives? How are we contributing to the well-being of others? What kind of a future do we want to create?
It’s disheartening to experience our country and world so divided that we can’t hear or understand each other, increasing our fear and anxiety. We may feel uncertain as to what and whom to place our faith in, having previously relied on others to lead us, but really, WE’RE IT!
This divisive political environment has helped to move us from complacency to awareness, and, more importantly, to action. There is a positive shift in consciousness taking place, a call to stand up for what we believe in, find our voice, vote, and to unite in creating a better, more equitable world for ourselves and our children.
Our world is shifting and many things that we have known, or thought we knew, are already, or will be, falling away. How can we embrace this new era as an opportunity, to simplify and let go of those things that no longer serve us—i.e. the material obsessions, our sense of separation, our prejudices, and fears?
Endings create opportunities for new beginnings. Now is a perfect time to evaluate and make enlightened changes in our lives. We can choose to embody a new way of thinking, “a new normal” that will better serve and support the worldwide community of humans that share our planet. It’s a chance to live from our hearts in a deepening connection to others.
We are envisioning a new bottom line. We need to take responsibility, not only for our own lives and the people we love, but also for those around us who are unable to take care of themselves. The concept of “we” doing it together is becoming more important than ever.
Who we are and what we do matter. We are the ones who can bring about positive, real and lasting changes.
And we may find that a shift to a world that is based on compassion, connection and community will be one that is worth being a part of—a world that we wouldn’t want to trade for the one we used to have, even if we could.
Linda Commito, author, speaker, entrepreneur, consultant and teacher, is passionate about her vision to leave this world a kinder, more loving, and interconnected place. Linda’s award-winning book of inspirational stories, Love Is the New Currency, demonstrates how we can each make an extraordinary difference in the lives of others through simple acts of love and kindness. Her latest project, the card game Just Ask 1 2 3, was inspired by a desire to connect people of all different ages, beliefs and lifestyles to share our individuality and find commonality. Linda also created “Kindness Starts with Me,” a program, book and website for children. For more information visit http://www.LoveistheNewCurrency.com or visit the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Justask123game.