I usually write a weekly blog, but for some inexplicable reason it’s been over three weeks now. It’s not been due to lack of time or will. It’s been due to lack of inspiration on what to write. There were so many options. A simple happy holiday message? A ‘year in review’ post? A blog on five ways to have a more purposeful holiday? Each time I started to write, I was seriously stuck. My words seemed shallow and disingenuous.
So, I got out of the office this morning and went for a walk. I asked myself what my heart was truly calling me to write.
And here it is. I wanted to write about my one wish for the world…that we would all wake up and make revolutionary change starting in our own backyards.
Why is this so vital right now? If you’ve seen the SBS series “Years and Years” you’ll know exactly why. If you haven’t, then I encourage you to do it urgently. At the very least, watch this trailer. It’s the most poignant slice of clear-sightedness about the trajectory of our planet that you’ll ever be likely to watch (the real message begins at 1.47 mins).
We can blame the politicians, our religious institutions, the oligarchies, the media players, our corrupt corporations and the patriarchal systems that do not serve humanity or the planet. We can deny personal responsibility, but the truth is, each and every one of us has created the world we live in today. We are all responsible. This is the world WE built.
My intention is not to be alarmist or overly-dramatic. My intention is to provoke and prod, to turn our apathy into activism and urge us all to wake up and make radical change locally. We can join the climate change marches. We can write to politicians. We can campaign all we like. We must do all of that, but the greatest thing we can do is change the way we live, consume, travel and behave every single day. Every single dollar we earn, spend and invest, is a vote for the world we want to live in.
As you can tell, Years and Years has weighed heavily on my heart and mind. No matter if you consider it to be fact or fiction, or somewhere in between, it’s the very wake-up call we need. The only thing that might relieve us of any sense of helplessness and hopelessness, is to take action. There’s always more we can do, even if we think we’re doing our best.
Perhaps this blog is my own public plea to be kept accountable to making change in my own backyard? I commit to keeping you updated on my actions in early 2020 and I’d love to hear about your actions too.
I want to sincerely thank you for following me and reading my blogs this year. I don’t take your interest and support of my work and The Purpose Project lightly. Instead of a happy holiday, I wish you a whole-hearted holiday as I know that for many of us, it’s a time that brings both joy and sorrow in equal measures.
See you in 2020!
Yours on purpose,