Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. ~ Soren Kierkegaard
I have seen a lot of people on social media expressing their feelings by saying we should just “cancel 2020” and start over. But, I disagree. The hardships 2020 has presented us gives an opportunity to reflect on our collective mistakes of the past and work to improve our collective future.
We have found ourselves thrust into a significant shift in not only our daily lives but also the way we think about what drives us. We were in no way prepared for this shift. But, it’s possibly the best that could have happened to us, if we open our minds to this concept.
We now have better information, profound experiences, and time to review ourselves, our world, and our direction to plot out our next actions to build a better tomorrow. This is our newfound opportunity to create a new foundation for a more secure and sustainable future. To invest in the equity of humanity. It is now incumbent on us all to consider this event as a warning and an opportunity to co-create a better tomorrow for us all.
Building our Personal Power
We are more powerful than we often realize. Over time, we build a wealth of personal power. This individual power comes in many forms, including information, resources, understanding, and empathy.
However, if we do not put much effort into consciously working on creating and maintaining personal power, we will soon lose our grasp on it. When we don’t have enough personal power in place, we feel powerless, more vulnerable, and many other negative emotions. We may feel as if we are always on the outside looking in. If you can not effectively manage your own power, then you will not be effective in many other areas of life.
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It might not be pretty, and it might not seem that easy, but the good news is that it is a rather straightforward process to build your personal power. How? We practice doing more tomorrow than we did today. When we practice cultivating the virtues and the compassion that we naturally possess and call upon it when the world calls on us, the more powerful we become.
Whenever we hold it in our power to practice, do everything in our ability to create and sustain positive energy. Anything we can do to bring about positive energy into our lives is an act of cultivating personal power and projecting positive energy into the world around us. The most direct and powerful means is to practice every day.
Building Collective Accountability
Personal accountability is a virtue that seems to have gone missing in our culture. Ordinary people, politicians, and media have all but abandoned the concept, and the effects are beginning to rebound through the global society in detrimental ways.
Two dangerous ethe are forming: One that says we should deflect and dismiss the discussion of serious issues such as major systemic issues if they cause a reaction in others. The other is to act in outrageous ways to bring attention to a problem. The consequences of both are that we have little idea what the effects are of our actions, they create a circular pattern of ineffective action, and we often have no idea of how to change that.
We can often adopt a light-hearted tone in the age of social media, but a single person talking about systemic issues in our global society is on a slippery slope to ostracism and condemnation, sometimes even by their own families. Most of us know that the culture, structures, policies, and practices that support the endemic abuses of power must be radically transformed. Failure to do so can only lead to more abuse.
However, it seems as though we either are afraid/refuse to acknowledge the issues to enact solutions, or we go overboard with our desire to right perceived wrongs. Both approaches can be equally detrimental to advancing solutions to problems.
How Do We Move Forward From Here?
A transformative culture of personal power and accountability must be implemented to truly shift the perceptions at all levels of society and governance. This is something we can begin to do right away as we work to rebuild our society. To make that possible, we need to work to collectively develop a renewed focus on a few core values: respect, ethics, justice, equality, and civility.
It’s essential to understand the need for these as we confront this difficult moment and find new ways to create a united front against death, disease, hate, prejudice, and intolerance. A network of global solidarity, rooted in a fundamental respect for human dignity, is needed to provide effective routes to global citizenship for all.
Most simply, our focus should be on human freedom, which exists within all species but which we share and respect in the broadest possible range of the concept. As a side note, it’s important to remember that we will always have the freedom to make a decision, even if it’s a life-altering choice. You still have a voice in this whole story, and if you have regrets, get over them.
2020 has presented unprecedented challenges for humanity while simultaneously showing us a few ways we have been fooling ourselves for so long. Embrace this wakeup call and start a new day of creative exploration and forward motion. Life will indeed be more amazing, the more we give into each other.
“The Universe is created to make room for all souls to reach their fullest potential and there is no greater, more profound, or more important lesson that we can learn from the whole of creation”~ Albert Einstein