My son has become a bit of a world traveler. I think it’s good. There is something deeply impacting to the psyche when witnessing the challenges of a third world country, in seeing true poverty. I suspect depression is not nearly so prevalent in people who have shared life on that fringe of existence and then found their way into the prosperity of our world. They know and will likely never forget how blessed they are.
It has now been many years since I traveled any distance. Years ago I thought I might never stop traveling. I wanted to see the world, see the people and help them. Since then with the raising of family and new found passions I have discovered myself more than satisfied with all the ways I can help the world from my doorstep.
I have found the biggest differences I have been able to make have been with those who are closest to me. I have found that learning to change myself, my ways of thinking and behaving, has been the most empowering action I have been able to consistently take.
Still I do my best to make a difference. I suppose because in my heart I know how unnecessary lack and suffering are. When I see another in pain I seek to be present in love. This doesn’t necessarily mean giving anything beyond the affirmation that they are more than enough to overcome their challenges. It does mean showing up with compassion.
Yet still I recognize there is no possibility of changing another person’s life. Until that person has embraced a desire for something new there will be no lasting change. There are a lot of people all over the world resigned to the belief that ‘this is as good as it gets’; and for them their belief has ensured they have the best they can have. At some point they must declare to themselves there must be something more to life than this experience they seem to be stuck in. They must come to doubt the validity of their beliefs.
My faith is that every limiting belief will at some point show its limitations, and in that moment of revelation a new idea can begin the process of transformation. My desire is to be available in that moment. I don’t have to travel to witness a world in transformation; I only need to show up where I am, as I am. I only need to believe in the incredible power of the human spirit to rise above the human experience. I only need to believe in people, in each individual’s ability to find and do well in their world. As I do they do.
I no longer feel the burning desire to find new places or to change the world; I have found much peace in changing myself and touching the people at hand. In this way I may actually be participating in global change.