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Ripples of Hope

October 11, 2010

No one has ever expressed the power and value of idealism, high aspiration, freedom and individual effort in a more eloquent way than Robert F. Kennedy in his inspirational speech on the Day of Affirmation in Capetown 44 years ago:

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Although it is our most heartfelt hope to live in a better world, often times we find it difficult to imagine that our individual actions can really make a difference and we fail to take action to remedy situations. We think that we don’t have enough power or enough resources to bring about change. Our self-imposed limitations block our creativity and hence hinder our potential. Surrendering to this idea of futility, the idea that our actions are futile, we not only fail to give a chance to an improved world around us but we also even fail to improve our own lives.

Who wouldn’t like to live in a better world where fairness and freedom prevail?  But that’s not really the main question to ask here. To deepen our understanding of freedom and take responsibility for the life we create for ourselves, we have to ask what I call “The Gateway Question”:

What are you allowing and what are you blocking?

In other words, what are you saying “Yes” to and what are you saying “No” to?  When you are fully aware of your values and commit yourself to their full expression in your life, the answers to these questions are crystal clear. It becomes much easier for you to know when it’s right to surrender or push the limits.  You get to make conscious choices that lead you to live in harmony with your core self, set yourself free to experience your authenticity and to awaken to your potential.

The path to move forward and make a leap in our lives begins the moment we get clear on our values and ideals, the moment we realize that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves and that we have the power and duty to make things better not only for ourselves but for others.  By answering “The Gateway Question” and committing yourself fully to the expression of your answers, you can start making a difference.  You will be sending forth your tiny ripple of hope and seeing your dreams come alive.

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