Making a Difference

I’ve been meaning to reblog this because of the encouraging message, especially as so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. I hear from a lot of clients who fear they “can never do enough to change ___, so why bother?”

Here’s why: because every little thing adds up, and one success inspires and fuels another one. We never know our full ripple effect, but we can and do create ripples wherever we go. As we finish out 2015, please give yourself credit for the things you’ve done, assess those you’ve left undone, and then feel your way into 2016 and beyond. What little step keeps nagging at you to take it? What deep soul longings keep nudging you to pay attention?

For the moment, forget the desired end, just focus on finding the next foothold and planting your step. YOU are part of the cycle of life! Whenever you choose to foster life — in whatever ways, small or big — you reaffirm the Great Cosmic Dance of Life. Twist, turn, leap or spin: just MOVE and see what happens.

The Druid's Garden

I had a long conversation with an older close relative of mine over the holidays. He had overheard my sister, brother-in-law, and I talking about herbalism, permaculture, cultural shifts.  This conversation was framed in the context of the recent Paris climate talks where it appears that world leaders agreed not to do anything for 15 years and in some future time, stave off too much of a temperature rise. After listening to us for a time, my relative indicated that anything that we would do would make “little to no difference” and that when we were his age (he’s in his late 60’s), we’d look back on our lives and regret not being able to do much; we’d certainly regret not being able to hope we had hoped to accomplish.  The fact that we had “little money or resources” made this a certainty. He thought he was doing us a…

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  1. Posted by rebirthingsite on December 29, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Greetings,

    One more feather on your grown, glad to read the message,congratulations…

    An old man walking along a beach at dawn noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Catching up with the youth he asked what he was doing. “The starfish will die if they are still on the beach when the sun roasts them with its mid-morning heat,” came the answer. “But the beach goes on for miles, and there are millions of starfish,” countered the old man. “How can your effort make any difference?” The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and threw it safely in the waves. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said.

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  2. This is such an important message, Laura, so I appreciate that you’ve shared The Druid’s Garden musing along with your own intro-musing. So many people *do* feel overwhelmed and, really, unaware of their own (our own) contributions, and how those small ripples can and do add up when taken as a greater whole. It’s surely a good message to strengthen and emphasize again and again (and I know that this is part of our ongoing intention, so it’s not a new one).

    I intend to reblog this, but don’t see the ‘reblog’ button here, so I’ll just excerpt your intro and reblog from The Druid’s Garden, because I’d like to share both.

    Abundant blessings of the season, and into the new calendar year.

    xoxo Love, Jamie

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  3. Thanks so much, Jamie! Yes, WordPress only lets you reblog from the original these days. 🙂 Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2016! Do you have kitty friends? For some reason, I’m sensing a lot of feline energy around you right now. Abundant blessings and much love! Laura

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  4. Thank you for this delightful story, rebirthingsite! Indeed, “It makes a difference to this one.” 🙂

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