Disease and strife, I cannot cure
War and suffering, I cannot endure
Poverty and hunger does not end
Scars of life, I cannot mend.
My blessed life seems like a curse
When your ills, I cannot nurse
Do I give up and live in sadness?
Two lives wasted, is that not madness?
So my quest is that I must be true
And live my life to the fullest for you
Duty-bound am I to strive
For a life worthy of being alive
I step up to the plate, to my life I lay claim
I am the master, no slaves to blame
I owe it to you to grab opportunity
To nurture the seeds of fate and fortuity
The solution is simple, it only takes one
To change the lives of everyone
The pathway out of toil and grief
Is one life lived with pure belief
Years ago I walked by as a man was yelling irately at a woman in a parking lot who had backed out of her spot and “touched” the bumper of his car. I knew it was wrong, I knew I should have said something, and I didn’t. I can’t explain why – I’ve always spoken up when there has been bullying, at the work place or the grocery store or wherever the event was. But this time for some reason the yelling triggered another memory in me and I was afraid. I was afraid the man would turn on me, perhaps even getting physically violent.
While I did go in to the store and tell the staff at the desk that someone should send a manager out to the parking lot, it haunted me for years I didn’t speak up when I saw what was happening. And when I got home that day I vowed that I would never hesitate to speak up sooner, and step up as I would hope someone would do for me had it been me needing a stranger.
What can one person do? Well since then I’ve learned how powerful one voice can be. One person, can change the world. One person, one at a time, can create their own patch of light in the world making positive, intentional change, and that patch eventually reaches another patch and another and another …until you’re breathless and in awe of how many like minded people are around making the world a better place. And then you feel your soul filled with joy that people care about something greater than themselves. I’m not talking about a god or religion or source – although that is surely part of it. But people care about service to others, and service to the planet, and loving. People care about cooperation, not solely competition.
And once we reach that critical mass of like-minded people, I have no doubt we’ll see a quantum shift in our evolution.
When Bruce Lipton in his book Biology of Belief said it is not the survival of the fittest that will see our species survive, it is survival of the most loving … I see how true that is. And that my friends is the Power of One. One person, one life, one community, one planet.
With much gratitude for being part of this community, my intent is to let my voice be heard wherever injustice speaks.