[Note: This isn't the kind of note I usually post on this blog, and I dare say it borders on the woo-woo. After writing it, I contemplated not posting it because it really isn't on topic, but then decided I needed to throw the pebble into the water, just in case the ripples make a difference.]
I'm feeling a bit emotionally overwhelmed by the enormity of what has happened with the recent tsunami. Rather than dwelling on the horror of it though, I'm finding myself moved by the outpouring of support that has come out as a result. This article from December 30th, for example, says that the level of giving has been unprecedented.
What has happened is a tragedy, and yet I wonder if it could actually be the catalyst for something amazing, if we stop and look at what's happening.
There is something in people that is causing them to feel deeply and to give. To want to help. In my work, I hear again and again from people wanting to make more of a difference. It seems like that is on the rise over the last few years. I wonder if the tsunami, if we pay attention to the response, and tap into the energy and momentum toward a focus on the "greater good," could serve to ratchet that up even another notch.
There seems to be something inherent in us that wants to make a positive impact, and yet there is such a barrage of both negative news and shallow stimulants that it gets buried. The ugliness of who we are gets all the attention.
What could be done to harness the energy behind how people are responding to this tragedy? What could be done to water it, and cultivate it? What could be done to focus attention on that feeling of compassion and incorporate it into people's everyday lives? I truly have no idea, and ask it more as a rhetorical question than with an expectation of an answer.
For a moment there, I felt the brief flash of potential for a movement of some kind. Or maybe something deeper than that - a spiritual paradigm shift, perhaps. That feeling subsided and now I'm back to my standard perspective of a monkey banging away on the keyboard, but I wanted to say something and possibly, maybe, just in case, plant a seed.
And maybe it isn't about an inspired leader of a movement stepping up and creating a vision to rally around. Maybe a paradigm shift like that happens organically, at an individual level. If you're like the people I've talked to, odds are good the tsunami has inspired some kind of desire deep in your heart to help, a desire to act on your compassion. Stop for a moment and ask yourself, "What can I do to keep that going? What can I do to connect with others around that feeling? How can I make that feeling a part of my paradigm?"
Maybe part of it is simply raising awareness in people. I don't hear anybody saying, "Do you notice that feeling you've got? What if you kept hold of it? What if you built on it? What if WE built on it?"
So I guess I'm saying that.
Thanks for listening.
Passion Catalyst SM