Thinking Big and Acting Small

It goes without saying that much of the world’s environmental, social and ethical crises are a direct result of individual human choices, actions and behaviours.

In this day and age, many of us know this and have a desire to want to do better. The next thought is often: “But I’m just one person. What can I do?”

This line of thinking is more common than not. So often, we can find ourselves overwhelmed with all the ways to help, the ways to make a difference in the world, that we just shut down and bow out, choosing instead to keep doing what we’re doing because it’s easy or familiar.

Sometimes, we think the problems are too big, too layered that we couldn’t possibly begin to unravel them enough to make a difference.

Or we might feel like we don’t have enough: enough time, knowledge, power, clout, or enough energy to be able to make the change that’s required.

These are fundamental beliefs we hold about ourselves that keeps us small.

But what if instead of keeping our vision small, we kept the task (and the effort) small? At least to start.

Small enough that it wouldn’t require an immediate and radical change to our life. Small enough that we could pay very close attention and take an intentional, mindful step in the direction of what we believe is possible. In this context, "small" can still be meaningful, impactful. It may also be challenging, but it starts with the choice that we all have to move towards something bigger; something better, even.

Think big, act small.

Think global, act local.

 

hands stacked together with a red heart painted across them
Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash

 

Earth Hour is an excellent example of this idea. The global event is a demonstration against the human impact of climate change. Millions of people come together at the same time each year to simply turn off all their lights for one hour. A small task. In the city we live in (Hamilton, Ontario), Earth Hour resulted in a 4.2% decrease in electricity usage in 2017; or enough to power 631 average-sized homes for a 24-hour period.

Today is Earth Hour. Today seemed like the perfect day to launch The Seva Life.

The Seva Life is all about discovering the true power and potential we have as individuals to make changes in our life that can positively impact the world around us, including people, animals and the environment. For example, estimates show that switching to a plant-based diet alone saves nearly 200 animals a year from death, and saves more than 500,000 litres of water.

At The Seva Life we believe that looking inwards at the impact we already make as individuals allows us to find manageable and sustainable ways to make small changes that will ultimately amount to us becoming more compassionate global citizens.

We want to share with you what has worked (and hasn’t worked) for us. But when, where and how you start is up to you; and we’re here to be with you there every step of the way.

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