Monday, February 28, 2011

do something

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."
~Helen Keller


I had a conversation with an older woman at a church we visited today in Las Vegas.  As I told her about our peace walk, I mentioned that the walk would end on 11.11.11.  She replied, “that isn’t much time to do what you are attempting to do.  In my stage of life, I’ve learned to be a bit more pessimistic.”  All I could think to say back in the moment was, “for everyone on the walk and for me personally, there is nothing I can do about out there if I am not looking in here (pointing to my heart).   And there is plenty of time for that if I make it a priority.”  That is the something I can do every day no matter where I am. 


I think this is such a great reminder for myself as a mom. At any given moment I may feel pulled simultaneously in four different directions. This leaves me feeling pressured and stressed. I can only be one person at a time, and as that one person, I have the full capability of being all I one person. One. There are some days when everything feels just right and falls into place effortlessly, yet there are other times when I feel as though I am drowning. Yet even in those difficult times, if I can just remember to breathe, I know that breath can be full of life and the goodness, of all that I am. Even as just one, even when I am outnumbered, even when I stand alone, there is always something I CAN do, even if it is just that breath full of life energy. One teeny step at a time is so much better than taking none at all.


  1. thank you for this post. Somehow I needed it.

  2. It is all about being constructive, isn't it? Making a tiny step is better than making none, believing in the possibility of change, evolution, improvement, is the first step towards achieving that improvement. I always feel there is a solution, a way, a possibility for each situation and difficulty, even if it may sometimes be a painful way, a very distant possibility, a far-fetched solution. Believing and trying hard make me feel better. I do what I can, it may not be much, but I do it, I want to do better and see nice things happen!

  3. Great post. And a reminder of all that's needed to change the world - one person to believe that they can. Gandhi said it best and was the personification of this.


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