I recently read a book called The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, by Charles Eisenstein, about his theory that we’re on the cusp of a transformational shift, away from being a culture of scarcity, competition and separation, into one of “interbeing”. (He recently explained this all to Oprah, so if you have half an hour to spare, I encourage you to take a listen to the podcast below. There’s a spot at the 22 minute mark where he says that basically anyone doing work out of love is doing great work, that nearly knocked me to my knees.)
Maybe because I’m deeply biased in favour of the importance of kindergarten teachers at this juncture of my life, I actually almost tore this page out. I offer this quote up to everyone doing “humble” work, with extra-special thanks to ones tending our kids.
“A friend recently asked me, “if it is true that we live at a unique juncture in the planet’s history, when all great beings have gathered for the crucial moment of humanity’s birthing, then why do we not see the great avatars and miracle-workers of yesteryear?” My answer was that they are here, but they are working behind the scenes. One of them might be a nurse, a garbage man, a kindergarten teacher. They don’t do anything big or public, nothing that, through our eyes, looks like it is generating the miracles necessary to save our world. Our eyes deceive us. These people are holding the fabric of the world together. They are holding the space for the rest of us to step into. To do the big, public things is important, requiring all our gifts of courage and genius, but it requires not nearly the faith and solidity in the ground of interbeing as the invisible, humble actions of people like those kindergarten teachers.
So, whatever your reasons for choosing to do great things or small, do not let them be the urgent, fearful belief that only the big, public things have any chance of influencing the masses and saving the world.”