Today I heard a quote from Jane Goodall where she said that she likes to envision the world as a jigsaw puzzle with all the pieces of the puzzle scattered all over the place. And that if you look at the whole picture it is overwhelming and terrifying, but if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and you know that others are working on their own little bits, that will give us hope.
It really moved me and helped me because just after that I saw a graphic video of someone slashing a cow’s throat on Instagram (it was playing automatically unfortunately so I was too late to stop it) and it brought me to tears.
But then I remembered that quote and realized that each one of us is working on something to make this world a better place and stop these horrible actions. We are all doing our part and when we all support each other; we can actually create a better world!
How amazing would it be if we could wake up every day and know that the world is becoming a better place because of all the people who are doing the work? Wouldn’t it feel good to know that there is always someone doing their part and doing what they do best?
I like to look around and see my dad organize events in our little town and see how people learn things that make them more positive and happier. I like to see all the speakers, even though I mostly disagree with them, speak with passion and see how committed they are to bring value to those who attend.
I like to look at my social media and see Sam Harris and Dave Rubin have conversations that need to be had between people who don’t agree with each other but agree that we should talk about not agreeing with each other, and to see James Aspey bring attention to what is happening in slaughterhouses to the mainstream media, and see Colleen Patrick-Goudreau create podcasts and videos and write books about living vegan and zero-waste, and see Douglas Murray talk about what is happening in Europe and risking his life to bring the truth in the ears of Europeans who are pretending to be asleep.
Each one of us is doing something for the planet, for the animals, for the people! Each one of us is doing our part and, eventually, we just might look at the whole picture and not be terrified but amazed and joyful about how it looks like.
How to actually focus on your little part and not feel overwhelmed by the whole picture?
- Minimize the impact social media has on your life. I follow only those who motivate me, inspire me and teach me something. I don’t follow those who might make me angry or upset. That doesn’t mean you avoid anyone with whom you disagree or that you don’t read the news, it just means that you can unfollow those who are really negative and/or mute them so you can see what they post whenever you are ready and when you choose to do so.
- Surround yourself with people who are working on their own craft. Surround yourself with people who are not focused on your work but on how they can make a positive difference. Surround yourself with those who are committed to doing their best.
- Crate a self-care routine. Learn how to take care of your mind, body and spirit so that in the hardest of times, you are able to rise and continue with your work even though it hurts. Imagine how much you can accomplish when you are healthy in your mind and in your body.
- Find what you are good at and become the best at it. Don’t try to be what someone else is or do what you think looks cool. If I would try to be a dancer and inspire the world through my dance, we would be in the middle of the Third World War right now. Instead, I write about what I know and use social media as my microphone.
The truth is that we can only control what we do and not what our neighbour is doing. No one can tell someone that they should focus on child trafficking if they are immersed in spreading the awareness of how mental illness affects our lives. You do you and let them do them. As long as they are not harming anyone in the process, not with words but with actions, we can look away if we don’t like it.
Ask yourself how you can be more effective in your own niche and area of interest? Is there anything you want to start doing that you know will be bigger, better and game-changing? When you have the answers to these questions, start doing them!
The world is only going to crumble and break if we stop and point fingers at what others are not doing, so don’t be that douche-bag. Be someone who supports everyone that is doing their best and fights the bad guys/girls.
When it comes to fighting the bad guys/girls, we can only win if we fight together, but the thing is that not all of us are great at kung-fu and karate, some of us are better runners and some are better at boxing. Do you get my point? You can do things that others can’t because others can do what you can’t. That’s how change is made; by bringing our talents together and focusing on our strengths.
To see what I am doing with my piece of the puzzle and how I am creating positive change, follow me on Instagram. I am very active over there and I share my latest posts, so you never miss what I am working on.