A few days ago I started rereading Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett. I had started this book when it first came out in 2016. I don’t remember why I stopped reading it.
Today it seems even more relevant and connects beautifully with this month’s theme, Power.
Krista shares the perspective of her grandfather about the purpose of humans. “We are here because we are born with the capacity to find the hidden light in all events and all people, to lift it up and make it visible once again and thereby to restore the innate wholeness of the world.”
She continues. “It’s a very important story for our times. This task is called tikkun olam in Hebrew. It’s the restoration of the world.” How desperately we need this perspective right now!
This is a collective task! “It involves all people who have ever been born, all people presently alive, all people yet to be born. We are all healers of the world. That story opens a sense of possibility. It’s not about healing the world by making a huge difference. It’s about healing the world that touches you, that’s around you.”
She emphasizes this possibility exists in the world to which we have proximity!
“That’s where our power is!”
“We are exactly what’s needed. And to just wonder about that a little: what if we are exactly what’s needed? What then? How would I live if I was exactly what’s needed to heal the world?”
This perspective echoes the words delivered by Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary, on April 13 to the Atlantic Council, “We ought not wait for a new normal. We should begin to shape a better future today.”
This perspective seems especially important as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2022!
This perspective captures the theme of my blogs from January 2017 to December 2020 – the power of small steps to create profound change.