“We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For”

A friend recently commented on how much power the entire world has invested in the presidency of the United States. On some basic level we perhaps are hoping that he alone can make the world a better place, that he can somehow save us. President Obama tried to point us in a different direction at the start of his first term when he insisted he couldn’t do it alone and he suggested that every American was needed to build the new world from the ground up rather than government doing it from the top down. He struck a chord when he used the line “we are the ones we have been waiting for.”

It’s a great line, but it didn’t originate with Obama. While it’s been attributed to a Hopi Indian prophecy, according to pulitzer prize winning writer Alice Walker who has used the phrase as the title for one of her books, “It was poet June Jordan who wrote “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” Sweet Honey in the Rock turned those words into a song.” Walker goes on to say “Hearing this song, I have witnessed thousands of people rise to their feet in joyful recognition and affirmation.”

We can feel the empowerment and freedom in knowing that we don’t need to wait for anyone. Each of us can step forward to be the gift we truly are, to find small and large way to make the world a better place for all. The truth is people are already doing this. Everywhere I go I meet talented, creative people, actively engaged at a grassroots level, making a positive difference. You just don’t hear about them on the nightly news.

Recently I read about a man, a native of Syria living for more than twenty five years in Finland who five years ago made a commitment to help Syrian children in whatever way he could. He has gained the name The Toy Smuggler of Aleppo for his effort to supply toys to Syrian children in the refugee camps and in his war racked homeland. He started out using his own savings. He set up a GoFundMe campaign to buy supplies and help build schools away from the bombed areas in Syria. One man making a big difference.

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.” We are the ones. How can we get creative in our lives, our communities and our world? Creativity is really the key. Looking at the world from a sense of infinite possibilities and asking what difference do we want make, what difference do we want to be? Ask that question and then let the inspiration find you. Take a tiny step in that direction. Breathe through any resistance. Let your heart lead you and see if support doesn’t show up in surprising ways.

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