Recently, I have been thinking a lot about how one goes about impacting the world. My friends who are more active politically are admirable in their energy and zeal for change. We need smart people with new ideas, clear voices and dedication to making our country better. I’m grateful for those who step up to serve, in myriad ways. And, I find myself wrestling with what I can do to make a difference.
The other day I came across this quote from Rumi: “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” It helped me to remember that change starts with looking in the mirror. It involves stretching myself, challenging old assumptions, and examining my habits of thought. The conversations that I have had in the past few months have been at a deeper level. Friends and colleagues share what is on their minds and hearts, and I do likewise. I seek out candid feedback from thoughtful folks who know me well.
The world is complex and ever-evolving. The beautiful photo that accompanies this February Musing on my Facebook page is one that I took while in Hilton Head recently. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/SharonKeysSealCoachingConcepts/ I like how, at first glance, it is hard to distinguish the actual trees from the reflection in the water. It is a good reminder to take the time to separate what is real from what is illusion. That kind of honesty is foundational to knowing myself, my values and my beliefs. By better understanding myself and the things that inspire me, experience has shown that opportunities for the right work – public, professional or private – present themselves. My job is to watch for those chances to make a difference, to embrace stepping up even when it might be scary.
How will you make an impact in this world? What about yourself do you want to change, in order to be able to stand for the change you want to see? If I can support you in exploring these ideas, please let me know.
Sharon Keys Seal