We are experiencing dramatic changes—in our climate, our governments 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? Who and what do we value? How are we showing up in the world? What kind of a future do we want to create?
The disheartening experience of our country and world being so divided that we can’t hear or understand each other can increase our fear and feelings of isolation and hopelessness. We may feel stuck, uncertain as to what to place our faith in. We may have been relying on others to lead us, but really, WE’RE IT!
This unexpected 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 embrace our personal journey, find our voice, stand up for what we believe in and to push us forward in creating a better 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—the material obsessions, our sense of separation, our judgments, stress and fear?
Endings create opportunities for new beginnings. Now is a perfect time to evaluate and make some major changes in our lives. We can choose to embody a new way of thinking that will serve not only each of us individually, but the community of humans that share our country and our planet. It’s a chance to live from our hearts in a deepening connection to others.
We have a new bottom line. We need to take responsibility, not only for our own lives, but also for the lives of the people we love and for those around us who are unable to take care of themselves. The concept of “we” doing it together is becoming more important than doing it all for “me.”
Who we are and what we do matters. We are the ones who can bring about real and lasting change using love as our currency.
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. Her 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. Linda believes that in order to inspire a kinder world the place to start is with children. She recently volunteered at a Title One elementary school, working with over 500 students, to create and facilitate “Kindness Starts With Me,” the results of which include a website (www.kindnessstartswithme.com) and a book for children. Also visit www.loveisthenewcurrency.com for more information and/or to sign up for an uplifting monthly newsletter.