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The Power of One – Wylde Women’s Wisdom

The Power of One – Wylde Women’s Wisdom

Tammy October 9, 2017 4 comments
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Wylde Women’s Wisdom

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker

I did a good post on personal power back in 2012.  You probably don’t remember it.  I didn’t.  So here it is in its entirety because it’s  perfect for Wylde Women’s Wisdom day 5 of 367.  And sadly, even the opening lines work still work far too well for the divided states of America.

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It’s hard not to feel defeated and ineffective when you look at the state of the world and the state of the country – the division and, yes, hate that it swirling all around us and hyped regularly by the media.

I was reminded of the starfish story and thought I’d remind everyone else about it while we’re in the midst of  political bombardment from just about every media source out there.  I’m sure you’ve heard this little inspirational tale, but just in case, here’s a quick recap:

A young girl was walking along the beach early one morning. The tide was receding, leaving numerous starfish stranded on the beach. The girl began picking them up and tossing them back into the water.

Engrossed in her task, she didn’t notice the crusty old fisherman sitting quietly watching her. He startled her with a gruff, “What are you doing?” to which she smiled and enthusiastically replied, “I’m saving the starfish.”

He laughed at her and launched into a scoffing ridicule. “Look ahead of you down the beach,” he said, pointing to the seemingly endless expanse of sand and surf. “There are thousands of starfish washed up on this beach. You can’t hope to save them all. You’re just wasting your time. What you’re doing doesn’t matter,” he exclaimed in a dismissive tone.

The girl stopped, momentarily pondering his words. Then she picked up a starfish and threw it far into the water. She stood straight and looked him in the eye. “It matters to that one,” she said, and continued down the beach.

This is the power of one.  This is Personal Power showing up and taking a stand.

Remember this story the next time you get overwhelmed with all the situations in the world.  You may not have power to change them all, or even a big one.  But there are ones closer to home that you can change if you choose to see that you can and decide to take some small action.

Even one small action can have ripples.  As a matter of fact, every small act makes ripples.  And even though you may never see them touch the shore of change,  you may well have made a difference that only you, right now, could choose to make.  Your one little action may inspire someone else, who then starts savings starfish on her section of the beach.   You just never know.

Every decision you make – every decision – is not a decision about what to do.  It’s a decision about who you are.  Neale Donald Walsh  

Who are you?  And how do you see the world?

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  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    Jacqualine Marie Baxman
    October 9, 2017
    Tammy

    I love this story and have heard various versions of it. Many of us forget we do not need grand gestures, just pure ones and that saving one thing, being our true selves and devoted to our values might actually save the world. We save someone’s world, we save the entire world.

    This is why I love your blog. Great thoughts to ponder…

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    October 9, 2017
    Tammy

    this is a blog all by itself: Many of us forget we do not need grand gestures, just pure ones and that saving one thing, being our true selves and devoted to our values might actually save the world. We save someone’s world, we save the entire world.

    love it. Thank you!

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    October 11, 2017
    Tammy

    I am a great believer in not forgetting those small gestures of kindness in our everyday life. The times for bold stands are needed, too, but it’s how you treat everyone you meet that is who you truly are. 🙂

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    October 11, 2017
    Tammy

    awesome point, Rita – and true true true

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