Driving around downtown last week looking for potential building space for a creative venture I want to launch in Pagosa, I was astounded to see how many vacant buildings there really were, either for rent or for sale.
Until you are really looking for something, the obvious is not always apparent.
Something shifted for me with that realization. That “something” was the profound feeling that “it Is time,” something has to change.
We cannot continue ignoring this downward trend and pretending someone else is going to fix it, or worse that it cannot be fixed and there is nothing we can do about it.
It is time to awaken.
No one is going to solve our problems for us. It is something we have to do for ourselves. We keep looking to government, big business and the banking elite to rescue us out of the situation we find ourselves in. Ever ask yourself, “Why would they do that?” What motivation do they have to pull us out when they are the same people who have exploited us to gain their own power and wealth? They have no motivation to reverse any trends. We are living the definition of insanity when we continue to believe in, give our power to and rest our hope on them for a solution.
It is time to change our thinking.
Einstein once said, “You cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that created it in the first place.” We must re-evaluate how we think about our problems and their solutions. All problems contain the seeds of opportunity. We just have to be willing to look. The solutions to my problems lie within me. The solutions to your problems lie within you and the solution to our problems lie within us. What are you willing to do? The only one with your best interest in mind is YOU! Norman Vincent Peale said, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” It is time to change our thoughts and our world.
It is time to take personal responsibility.
The most disempowering thing we can do is tell ourselves there is nothing we can do. There is always something we can do to better our own situation. “Can’t” should be a four letter word in our vocabulary. We must each take responsibility for ourselves and our lives. After all, our lives are a sum total of choices we have made. Not choices others have made but our choices. Deepak Chopra writes in his book ’‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” that, “Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. Accept your circumstances, problems and situations.” Accept that they are the result of your own choices, not judging them good or bad, but learn from them. He goes on to say, “Responsibility then means the ability to have a creative response to the situation as it is now.” There are positive, productive solutions to every problem we face. It is time to take responsibility and take action.
It is time to be Solutionaries
We know what the problems are. They are abundant and evident. Knowing the problems is one thing, focusing on them is another. The more attention you give to something the more it expands and grows. What you don’t focus on withers up and eventually goes away. If we really want to solve problems we must become solutionaries, focusing on positive, productive solutions that benefit all. Every person on the planet has a talent and ability that is meant to be expressed in their unique way. Solutions start with finding your unique talent and expressing it. Everything you do matters. Everything you do or don’t do changes the world, so why not do something that changes it for the good.
If you are not aware of the problems we face, watch the new movie “Thrive — What on Earth Will It Take.” This movie was sponsored and shown locally by two women who are already on the road to being solutionaries in our community, Susan Junta and Julie Lore. Due to the overwhelming response at the first showing there will be another public showing in the not-too-distant future.
It is time to take action.
Action is required to accomplish anything. Confucius once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” One step in the right direction followed by another and another is what will make the change we want to see in our world. It is time to get off the couch, turn off the TV (which only serves to support our fear, inaction and victim mentality) and take some action toward helping yourself. No one has your best interest in mind like you do. What are you willing to do to help you? If you don’t know where to begin, get involved with others who do.
Pagosa is a very special community with incredible potential to be a light to the world for creative growth, self-sufficiency and self-sustaining change. Together, we can make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others. The easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want. It is time to stop simply co-habitating and start co-creating.
It is time to say “yes.”
The movement has begun.
The momentum is growing.
It is time — Be the Change Pagosa.
Be The Change is a group of local people dedicated to, “being the change we wish to see in the world” and in Pagosa.
Join us for our next exciting meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Call or e-mail for location and time.
For more information or to get involved contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andrea at 903-6047.