Action Changes Things

November 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.”
– Chinese Proverb


In a culture of comparison and distraction, how often do we spend looking at others, sizing things up, judging and ultimately attaching worth or value to external things or circumstances. In our 21st Century World, with all its opportunities, technology, busyness and distractions, it can be easily forgotten the positive difference we can make for ourselves and others if we choose to ACT. When we drift away from what we have control over, our empowered daily thoughts, words and actions, and focus on all the ‘reasons’ or ‘proof’ things can’t, shouldn’t or won’t work, be available to us, or make a difference, we limit our ability to deepen connection to self, others and the world around us and therefore affect our journey of potential.


I love the proverb at the start of this post. It reminds me that each moment is a chance to choose how I engage during this journey. All of us experience successes and challenges along the way, times when we enjoyed the benefits of empowered thoughts, words and action and times when we let inaction, fear or disconnection determine what happened or how we felt. Compassion, or our awareness and appreciation of our individual and shared humanness, is an important element when making and reflecting on past, current or future choices and interactions. Each new moment provides opportunities to practise reconnecting to what’s and who’s important, while accepting responsibility for the way we show up through our thoughts, words and actions. This gives us the courage to explore the possibilities, discover our potential and act authentically.


So what thoughts, words or actions will be planted today within our global village? Who knows how they will grow and make a difference in our own or others lives. I am so grateful that it is, “The choices we make, not the chances we take, that determine our destiny.” Regardless of what has happened before, as an isolated event or past pattern, amazingly strong, towering, important and beautiful trees like the picture shown above grow from the smallest and humblest beginnings.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
– Theodore Roosevelt


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