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The Choice

Author: Lady Rain StarDragon (Teresa Garcia)
Posted: October 23rd. 2005
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Power, Changing the World, Compassion, Responsibility: these are such large and intriguingly ominous words. As a child, I would have never questioned that mere words could change the world. I knew my mission; I would make this world a better place. I would be a scientist and discover the answers to great mysteries.

Now, I am a full-time mother, an artist, and an aspiring author. I still have as my goal making the world a better place.

Power is such a slippery word though, and it means different things to different people. To some, it means domination and fear. Other people see it as honor and personal responsibility for all actions. Even others view power as freedom. There are even those who think no more about power than it being something to run the lights and heat their food.

My four year old daughter has power, and in great abundance. I look at her and wonder what things she will do to change the world. I have been caught standing in front of my shrine asking deity how she will use her power, and does her power tie in with my own. The answer is always the same.

“Wait and see. All efforts build on the foundation from those before.”

Once, I watched my daughter comfort her two year old brother. From the first, Athena and Merlin were very close. This time was no different, and my son had started crying for no apparent reason. She held him and rocked him, stroking his hair the way I did and do when she needs comfort. It took the two of us a little bit, but finally he was calmed. The power in that moment was awe inspiring.

One hour later, there was a truck wreck on the highway. It seemed my son could have been picking up on the upcoming pain of the driver.

I realized then that in order to change the world, it must begin one step at a time from home. To change the world, we must teach compassion and love to our young. One day, we won’t be there to ease the sudden fear, kiss the owies, or lend money to them. The children will only have each other, and the cycle will begin again.

We cannot hide away from each other. We cannot receive help if it is not known that we need help. Likewise, we can not give help if we are absorbed in our counterfeit worlds worrying about dying on some computer game when there is a man lying on the street outside our door dying. It may not be pretty, but in order to have the world look pretty we have to do some work. We have to answer the cries of the neighbor next door, the child down the hall, and the people in a starving land who could use our excess while getting wells dug to water the crops.

Before we jump in our plane to go across some vast ocean, begin at home. Have the children go through their toys and find things to donate to the local church, animal shelter fundraiser sale, or the battered women and children center. If they are old enough, have the entire family go to help out at the local soup kitchen. Comfort the neighbor whose husband has just died or help the homeless family floating around town to find a home and jobs. Recycle cans and talk about how you are reusing old resources and then donate the money to the Red Cross or such. Plant a garden and share the extra produce with a hungry neighbor. Help the little old lady down the street to clean her apartment. Listen to the lonely old man on the park bench that no one else will give the time of day to. Help clean up the river, or volunteer at the teen center. All of these small actions produce ripples that eventually affect the whole to make the world just a little bit better and happier.

We all have power. It is up to us to use it and use it correctly. Every day when we wake up, and throughout the day, we can choose to use our power or to be helpless in the stream of current events. We can choose to use our power to help or hinder. We can choose to have compassion and share our positivity or to hurt someone and make them feel negatively. It is our choice to scream back at the psycho in rush hour traffic or to quietly wish them well in working out whatever crisis they are involved in.

When we finally boil down that cauldron that is the word Power and look into the sludge that remains, what we finally find hidden at the bottom is one precious jewel. That jewel is Love. To change the world and make it better, we must act with and from Love. It is the most powerful force there is, and is the source of all great acts. Love is the prodding you get in your heart when you see the pain under the mask of the secretary in the office, watch the children play in the park, or see the news that yet another disaster has occurred where the planet is stretching or breathing.

If we do not stretch ourselves to help those people in our area and beyond, who will teach the children to help each other? Who will help birth the new world?

I will. That is my decision. I have made the choice to Love and Teach, to use my inner Power to Change. I Know how to begin, I Dare to try, I Will to Succeed and when I run into that odd person on the street who seems bent on wreaking his frustration on me . . . I will be Silent until I can speak without fueling the ill feeling myself.

After all, the person raving on the street could be me or my children one day.


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