At times in our lives it's easy to forget to be grateful, humble, forgiving and compassionate. We may use these words in our every day life, but still at the end of the day find it's easier to hide away from the world that seems to be crumbling around our ears.
It's overwhelming. Disaster after disaster - from natural to manmade, since 2005 it almost feels like we're living in Old Testament Biblical times as Fire and Brimstone rises around us. What can we do? How can we help?
You've heard it before, it only takes one person to change the world - and while this world seems almost unbearable and smothering - the statement is very much true. Nothing is born out of ease and cessation - change is created through hard work, sacrifice and commitment - but the moment you choose to change, you've already won.
In yoga we speak of intentions. Planting a seed inside ourselves and using our practice to help nourish and encourage it to grow into a full-blown idea and taking us with it. Transforming us into the person we've always wanted to be.
Anyone can change. Anyone can help. Anyone can save the world of another human being, all you have to do is being willing to try. We convince ourselves we aren't smart enough, or rich enough, or clever enough to accomplish superhuman feats - but every human being has that capability inside them. We just need to find the courage to allow it to manifest and grow.
It's easy to play the "what about me" card, it's hard to realize that it's not about you at all. It's bigger than that.
Compassion, forgiveness, being humble and grateful for what blessing we have are easy ways to remember and to embrace yourself without seeking self-pity. They are ways to look past the selfishness that is in our human nature and realize we are more than that - we are compassionate animals that have the resources and ability to help change the world.
Giving back is the only way to move forward. Please take a moment to look over one of these many resources seeking your help to change the world. And have a blessed, blessed day.