What We Can Do

Nepal is literally quaking in the wake of an earth shattering, buildings clattering, dreams tattering earth battering. Yet, there, people are still mattering.

Baltimore is blowing up from a single extinguished flame of a life, a society-labeled black smothered flame that has brought pain, injustice, and anger to light. 

Private servers have thrust a candidate forward who could mean changes for the private sector.

Life is happening. Change is right here in front of us. The destruction, the pain, the questions are real.

We are happening. Our hearts are beating as those in Nepal are bleeding, as Baltimore is pleading, and candidates are leading.

we see this.
we see them.

And sometimes, we're plain ole sick of seeing.  No, we're more than sick of seeing.  Something inside of us dies each time we see but do not go and, then, do.

"The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel" (C.S. Lewis).

We long to be a part.  to say something worth the saying.  to go beyond that and do something worth the doing.  to live a life that's worth the living.

Maybe, people are really sick of the fluff, the sugar, the entertaining laziness. Maybe, they are dying inside to just wake up. To be hit with the heavy. To have to respond. To grow up. To do something. To be pushed to do more and to be told that they are more.

I'm sick and tired of not doing.
I'm sick and tired of focusing on how "sick and tired" I am of not doing that I don't actually ever do.

I'm starting.  I'm starting now.  I'm starting here.  I'm starting with what I can, and all I can do is go from there.

Here's to the start of a new journey, then.  I journey that I will be recording here on this blog through posts of personal-ways of difference making and a new series on what we can actually do in events that get so much talk but not enough engaged action.

I challenge you, too, to look and see what you can do and to engage with the world.  I'd love to hear ways that you are stepping beyond yourself, throwing off the suffocating self-centered, entertained laziness and doing.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has (Margaret Mead).
© 2015 Deborah Hope Shining


I definitely don't want this to be a monologue. What are your thoughts? Questions? Ideas?