You were made for this.


Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once,
but of stretching out to mend the part of the world
that is within our reach.
Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul,
to assist some portion of this poor suffering world,
will help immensely. It is not given to us to know
which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass
to tip toward an enduring good.
What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts,
adding, adding to, adding more, continuing.
We know that it does not take everyone on Earth
to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group
who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do
to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.
Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times.
The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares,
builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire.
To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these —
to be fierce and to show mercy toward others;
both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.
Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit
and willing to show it.
If you would help to calm the tumult,
this is one of the strongest things you can do.
There will always be times when you feel discouraged.
I too have felt despair many times in my life,
but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it.
It is not allowed to eat from my plate.
In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall:
When a great ship is in harbor and moored,
it is safe, there can be no doubt.
But that is not what great ships are built for.


~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Jen

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