The issues facing the Front Range and communities across the West, the United States and indeed around the world are daunting. In the face of these problems the Right to Thrive community focuses on solutions and creating the world we want. Socrates is famously quoted as saying the following: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Time and energy are limited resources – use those resources in the name of the positive changes that will make a real difference in your life. Time, money, energy, and other resources can be thrown at a fight that will only leave you exhausted and broke. Choose your battles wisely, and change what matters the most to you.
When we focus on the change we want in the world we naturally become more optimistic and we cultivate positivity in our lives. This is a critical survival skill for the coming tough times we are facing. Our focus, our energy must be on those things that create the world we want to live in. While I abhor fracking, instead of fighting the fracking industry I am in the process of removing or replacing all of the gas appliances in my house. My concerns over carbon emissions have me riding my bike to work when I can. And an ever increasing distrust of the food system motivates me to grow much of my own food.
Guard your thoughts from becoming negative, hopeless, or conflict oriented. Steer your mind with your heart, not the other way around. Continue to believe, continue to work, and continue to live in wonder and gratitude. The world needs you fully present during this time – don’t trade opportunity for negativity.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” ~Ghandi