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I Will Be a Hummingbird: the Inspiration of One

November 07, 2012 | By Dina Buck

So many of us want to move toward a world where we live as a global community in a spirit of cooperation, sharing, inclusivity, and respect for Mother Earth.  We can see this world in our mind’s eye, and we see aspects of it in our daily lives.  But that reality doesn’t prevail on a collective widespread scale.  At least not yet.  So we want to continue to awaken, and awaken others, because we can see that something else is possible.  And we recognize that humans are blessed with the power to choose, and to recreate the way we walk on this beautiful planet.

In the Face of the World's Global Problems, Do the Best You Can

At the same time, we can feel overwhelmed with the sense that our hands are tied, or that our personal effort won't really make a difference.  When we start to really look at what is happening with the rainforests, the oceans, the polar caps, the mountains, other species, indigenous peoples, women, children, the atmosphere, and on and on, it can feel as though the current paradigm is too powerful.  It can feel as though we operate in a giant machine except, instead of us driving the machine, the machine is driving us.  Or, as in the hummingbird story in the video above, that we are witnessing an raging forest fire, and we have a single bucket.

We ask ourselves, “What can I really do?”

And here is the answer – do as the brave hummingbird does.  Do the best you can.

We don’t know what the future will look like.  But we do know this: while we aren’t guaranteed success, doing nothing guarantees failure.  So we do the best we can, starting right now, and we do it with all our hearts.

The Power of the Individual Within the Collective

The video above about the hummingbird features the inspiring Kenyan environmental activist, Wangari Maathai, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2011.  She lived one of those lives where she did the best she could – beginning by paying women in her country a few shillings to plant trees, and going on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.  This quote from her sums up this moment we have beautifully:  “In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground.  A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.”

The hummingbird story is featured as part of our Awakening the Dreamer Symposium because it underscores the The Pachamama Alliance's message that taking action in alignment with your values and vision, no matter how small it seems to you or others, when added to the thousands of action others also take in this way, can transform the world.

This same message lies at the heart of The Pachamama Alliance's Annual Luncheon where over a thousand people – each of whom are taking steps toward manifesting a more just, thriving, and sustainable world – will gather together to be inspired, and inspiring.  Please share the hummingbird story with others, and please join us, in person or online, on November 15th.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Come be inspired, and inspiring, on Nov. 15th

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