Do what we can, When we can, While Can…
It has recently occurred to me that we cannot always do everything we envision. This might sound as a sobering reality in an otherwise even sobering, sad world, but it has its benefits and its positives. The question this week, relates to what we can do, as catalysts of change within our present circumstance.
We must first recognize where we stand in our current circumstance. Do we have the ability to change the whole system by ourselves? With a group of people? In one revolutionary moment or over a longer series of time with small, incremental steps? We often desire the change, and then remember our current circumstance. Alternatively, we will recognize our current circumstance and give up on acting as catalysts of change, because of personal circumstance or lack of belief in our ability.
I ask, that we do, both, simultaneously. Be the change you wish to seek, yes! However, let us also recognize the present circumstance and how we can best enact that change as a catalyst. As an example, over the last year, I have just begun to believe that I can be a bigger part of the solution, that I can be the change that I wish to see in the world, specifically in the educational world, but I never stopped to think of my current or present circumstance.
I am married.
I am currently writing my thesis.
I am committed to spiritual things above all else.
I have parents and family who are aging and need support.
I have debt. I have to eat. I need warmth, shelter, and clothes.
I am possible.
I am attending an amazing college that allows dreams to come true.
I am relatively healthy, happy, young, and energetic.
I am outgoing, reliable, compassionate, and driven.
This is not a blog about what are my current circumstance vs. ways to be a catalyst of change, but rather, what are our collective circumstances AND what are ways to be a catalyst of change. Tapping into our current state and still being a dreamer, allows us to then co-develop with our fellow catalyst’s and our fellow “similar circumstance individuals.” Often times we believe we either, have to focus on our optimism or recognize the realism in our lives, while it is my contention, that if we do one or the other, we do not follow or solve either.
We must do what we can, when we can, while we can. This is not to say we are to limit our motivation or dreams for change, or to stop ourselves short from enacting large, sweeping, changing actions; but rather, do all we can to enact that change. We do so, when we can, given the time we are given, both in relation to all engagements in our lives and for the short time we are on this earth, and while we can, so that we can both remember that our time and energy both are short in terms of being a catalyst.
The dying words of Leonardo da Vinci included something along the lines of, paraphrasing, ‘I should have done more.’ These words coming from the man who is widely considered the most influential inventor who shaped the world, as we know it, of all time. While admirable that da Vinci wanted to achieve more in his life, he was such a catalyst for change, and dreamt so big, that he did not even recognize the current state in which he existed.
I am not under the belief that I will accomplish all that I want, and neither will I stop fighting to achieve every ounce of my agendas. However, from time to time, I will recognize, meditate, and be satisfied with what change I have made, so that I may be re-energized to continue to be a catalyst further.
And in so doing, I will do what I can, when I can, while I can.