I looked through my journal today and found something that I wrote last December while I was on the plane to Germany. I would love to hear your opinions!
Just before I left for the airport I had lunch together with my partner and his mother. The radio was running in the background and the conversation went to politics, the budget (which was last week) and the miserable state the country is in.
I usually don’t contribute much to political conversations still feeling too limited by my lack of vocabulary and knowledge of Irish politics. But I can’t help wondering if the feeling of powerlessness could be the root of many problems, not only in political terms but also in our private lives. If we feel like we can’t change anything in this country (or anywhere in the world) because of “the people on the top” and other insurmountable circumstances, nothing can ever change and we will keep moaning about the injustice of it all.
If we constantly feel trapped or threatened by rising taxes, social injustice, the lack of money and our fears in general, – yes then it will be difficult to change anything.
Listening to the news often leaves me feel small and powerless. All those things going on in the world, in our countries, in our communities. Where to start? What to do?
Then I try to remember: yes, I do matter; and so do you. We can make a change in our own little world, every day. We can decide every morning to do our best to make this day a good day for ourselves and others. Imagine if everyone did that.
Once we notice that we can make changes on a daily basis our courage will grow. Our power will grow and eventually we might be able to address bigger problems.
A good side effect is that courage is contagious…