“We are still in the position of waking up and having a choice. Do I make the world better today somehow, or do I not bother?” –Tom Hanks

If one only listens to the constant barrage of news, it might feel like “why bother.” Or, if you are currently going through a really dark period of your life it could feel similarly. It’s a feeling like nothing will ever change, or it can be like a feeling of entrapment—there’s no way out and it won’t get better.

Hope! Hope is “believing that something good may happen, or a desire for a certain thing to happen.” When things all look horrible is there not some part of you that believes that something may happen to turn it around? Or, at least, is there not a desire inside you for the situation to turn around? That in and of itself is a little piece of empowerment! A light at the end of the tunnel, a rainbow after the storm.

This desire, this glimmer of light, and this hope starts in the heart. If we only look at the external pieces of this world, it is not enough. The heart can be a great guide! It’s not that we don’t use our minds, but rather, it’s looking to the heart to help us define intention, purpose (something larger than yourself), and ability to come from a position of love so that the mind can create from that place, instead of a narcissistic one.

Awareness is so clearly a starting point for healing. Much of what is happening in our world is bringing “junk” to the surface, so we are aware of changes that need to take place. This gives us all opportunities for change and to create a better world, not to declare defeat. However, this awareness must start within each of us. If we don’t have peace, harmony, compassion, etc. within, how can we put more of those into the world? Healing withIN creates healing withOUT.

We bring the wisdom and vision of the heart healing forward, and with that intention, create significant impact for all as we put our creativities together. As this “junk” comes to the surface, could we see it as a “friend?” Instead of forcing us into more despair, it allows us to see right where change is needed to create a benevolent outcome. As we feel the weight of this horrible “junk” at the surface, we can stay open and curious to where our heart is leading. For example: I read that a complete stranger paid for all the funerals in Uvalde and $3 million dollars was raised in Highlands Park for a little 2 year old boy who lost both parents in the 4th of July shooting. The nationally accessible 988 Crisis Line is now available, too! These things were accomplished because people felt the pain, searched their heart, and individually and collectively were moved to compassionate action. No “small” thing is too small!

We do have a choice. We are aware or becoming aware. We get the opportunity to bring into existence great change as we take steps from our hearts, and let our creativity flow. If each of us does that, hope abounds. Let’s collaborate and bring heaven to earth!

Cheri Thomas

Cheri works as a Peer Support Specialist for RI in Arizona. She has experienced loss and grief which has led her to write for the masses to bring voice to those in similar situations. Cheri possesses a deep passion to share with, encourage, and inspire others on what she calls the Journey of the Heart.