Last week we were discussing planting seeds to build the future that we want to see. We agreed that it's a bit like planting seeds in a garden, because you need to be specific about what you want to see, you need to have a plan for where it should grow, and you need to be wise about your timing.
First, be specific. We have all seen things in our society that we don't like or agree with. Perhaps it's racial equality and justice, prison reform, economic opportunities for all, overpopulation, equitable health care, telling the truth instead of spinning lies to manipulate people, climate change, pollution . . . the list goes on and on. Choose one. Choose one that stirs your passion. Choose one that you can envision helping to make a difference. No, you won't be able to do this alone; the problems are too big. But choose.
Next, have a plan. The chances are that there are already organizations or movements that are addressing your chosen issue. See if you can align with their motives and methods. If not, start your own. Ask for help. Change won't come without some buy-in and assistance from others. Also, be wise about where you want to see the change happen. If possible, keep it local. That way, you can be part of the movement toward change in your community and you will see the results on a personal level.
Finally, be wise about your timing. Just as you don't plant tomatoes in January snow drifts, you want to make sure your community is awake and aware enough to desire change, and to help you achieve it. Otherwise, you risk just beating your head against the wall. People resist change when they don't see the need or have any buy-in. This takes wisdom. Rely on the wisdom and insight of others.
So, let's get out there! Let's plant some seeds! Let's build a better future for all of us.