Once again we find ourselves in a place of shock, anger, hopeless, sadness, and other words that mean all of those things.
There’s nothing I can say that can change the fact that one man shot an unbelievable number of guns for less than 15 minutes and managed to kill 58 people and injure over 500 more. (!!!!!!) There’s nothing I can say to make that better. Because that is just horrible and tragic. AWFUL.
What I can say is this: I have yet to come across someone with an abundant mindset who feels the need to stockpile guns and/or kill and/or hurt people to make their point.
And I have yet to meet someone with an abundant mindset who gives up. I have indeed met people with abundant mindsets who take a pause, who restores their energy so they can keep on keeping on.
An abundant mindset can’t change the past. But maybe it can change the future.
Last week I wrote about how we push our desires away. I shared my Transformation Formula:
Insight + Awareness + Commitment + Consistent & Quality Action = Transformation.
All of that is true.
It works for personal transformation AND for world transformation too.
We need the insight that there is a problem, an issue that needs to be dealt with. An obvious example in light of what happened this weekend is gun violence. There is gun violence. That is REAL and there is no denying it. So, there’s the insight.
We need awareness. Now that we are once again made horrifyingly aware of the problem of gun violence, how is it playing out in the world? How is it playing out in the world? How often? What triggers it? (Literally.)
We need commitment. Almost nothing happens or changes if we don’t commit. If we don’t commit to staying aware, if we don’t commit to transforming it, NOTHING WILL CHANGE. If we don’t commit to transforming this awful, horrible, devastating pattern, it. will. not. change. We need to commit to changing this.
We need consistent and quality action. Without action, there is no change. And it needs to be quality and consistent action. Quality action, so that we’re not spinning our wheels and draining our energy. And consistent, because without consistency, there’s no change. What consistent actions can we take?
(There are many amazing organizations out there who are doing work on this issue that can provide suggestions. Everytown for Gun Safety is one I highly recommend.)
This formula works for any change we desire in the world, whether it’s ending white supremacy, patriarchy, and all oppression and all the isms or getting a new stop sign on our street.
And now, let me share another formula with you, because I am clearly all about the formula and systems.
LOVE + LIGHT…and ACTION
Usually after a tragedy there are lots of people calling for love and light, among other things.
And I agree. Love and light are necessary. However, they are insufficient.
Of course we need love. Of course we need the healing clarity of light.
Without action, our love and light will change nothing. (I have yet to see a bullet stopped by love and light. I have yet to see real change happen without action. And so forth.)
And thinking that we don’t have to do anything more than love and light is pretty privileged thinking.
So on an individual level, we need to go back to our own transformation formula and do what we can to find the love, to shine the light.
And then take some ACTION.
If that is scary or anxiety producing, GOOD. That’s how we grow! That’s how we transform! That’s how things change!
Because one essential part of the transformation formula that I kinda forgot to mention (oops, my bad) is that transformation can be scary…and hard AF.
But let’s not make is SOOOO HARD that we don’t do anything at all. (Because most humans tend to avoid things that are hard. Including this human, right here. *points at self*.)
So the action we take will look different for each of us, based on our gifts and our resources. For some people it’s going out on the streets and protesting. For some it will be calls to elected representatives. For some it will be creating art. For some it will be holding space so others can do all that.
You might have money or time to give. You might read a book that broadens your mind and awareness. (Hey, if you want my handy list of excellent liberation literature + mind broadening books, email me and I’ll send it to you!)
Action can take lots of shapes. Just take it.
TL; DR? That’s fine. Here’s what it boils down to:
~ Go through personal transformation to change our lives and to change the world.
~ Love and light are simply not enough.
~ Go through personal transformation so we can be full of love and light and take action to make real change.
So here’s my new formula here, which is:
Insight + Awareness + Commitment + (LOVE + LIGHT) X Consistent & Quality = TRANSFORMATION.
(Use PEMDAS here. 🙂 You know, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.)
Any questions about this? ASK ME. Like, ASAP.
In a few days I’m going to share ways we can together over the last quarter of 2017 to make that transformation happen. I have many things up my sleeve.
For now, though, take this in and consider what action YOU can take.
Because every single one of us has unique awesomeness and gifts to offer. And DAMN, the world needs it.
So in the words of Tom Petty, may he rest:
Heyyyyy, baby. There ain’t no easy way out
Hey I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
~ Tom Petty
Yup. Standing my ground, and I won’t back down. And I hope you join me.