Would you really like to hold the power of magically resolving the world's problems in your hand, as the image above suggests? I think most of us would, if we believed we could - but it would depend on what kind of changes and in what realm they occurred, wouldn't it. The kinds of changes brought about by our neglect of environmental vulnerabilities like the devastation created by Katrina we would not appreciate! As parents, most people feel trapped in the system in order to keep their children safe. But is this an illusion? What might happen if you decided to break out?
I am suggesting we take a closer look and find out whether we might actually be able to break out of this pattern of helpless dependence on whatever our society decides to dish out to us! Do you know about what Wangari Maathai did in Kenya, for example? SHE PLANTED A TREE. Click here to read about what happened from then on! It's a miraculous take of courage and determination. And they've now gone to Haiti to teach women there to do the same thing!
Women, I believe we need to begin providing a future for and with our children. Because they are the future, aren't they. They may still have a chance to learn how to live with change, given good support - especially in school. It has been done, by lots of ordinary people. It's not that difficult. It takes willingness to risk, to be different, to create a mini-world. As Margaret Mead once wrote,
"Never think the future cannot be changed by a few people. In fact, it is the only way it ever has been!
You might be inspired by the work of a group that call themselves Echoing Green, whose mission is to support social entrepreneurs and innovators who want to make real changes in our society. Take a look here.