At present this is the conflict I feel inside: the NOT DOING (and not reacting to aggravations and frustrations over what is happening around me) at times feels like a betrayal to my inner fire—the driving force of ME-ness.
The “Why aren’t you out there marching for Women’s Rights to be heard, seen, and respected?” is in conflict with my philosophy of “Be at peace, to spread peace”.
So while questioning myself over this tumultuous, mental agitation I remembered the ultimate example of peaceful protest, Mahatma Gandhi, who not only changed the direction of a continent, but also deeply influenced another of the great Civil Rights icons: Martin Luther King, Jr.
I know that Gandhi raised peaceful protest to an artform; and many of the women’s marches last Saturday were meant to mirror that—a peaceful display of our right to disagree and stand for something greater than ourselves.
The numbers participating were impressive—far more so than the blatant attempts to discredit and distract from them was, BUT…..numbers alone won’t change anything, nor will standing around NOT DOING anything make the necessary changes.
So I researched a bit on Gandhi and found a few quotes that might apply to the conundrum of my own being at present.
20 Inspiring Quotes from Mahatma Gandhi:
- “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
- “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.”
- “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
- “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”
- “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
- “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
- “An ounce of patience is worth more than a ton of preaching.”
- “Change yourself – you are in control.”
- “See the good in people and help them.”
- “Without action, you aren’t going anywhere.”
- “Take care of this moment.”
- “Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.”
- “Continue to grow and evolve.”
- “A no uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ uttered merely to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
- “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”
- “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.”
- “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
- “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
- “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
- “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
I now think that if anything can change the world for the better, it is a unified effort designed to do this, believing as Gandhi proclaimed in his own calm way: You can “Be the change that you want to see in the world,” and as such, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
Well, let’s start shaking it. My NOT DOING just became DOING.