A drop in the ocean

February 26, 2012

Metaphysical, Self-improvement

We forget that we are an integral part of a larger whole — a precious drop in the ocean of life.

by Ada Porat — 

One reason we get intimidated by the process of living is that we think our part is not grand enough. After all, the movers and shakers featured in the media are usually big and powerful. We hear about philanthropists such as Bill Gates who has spent millions to find a cure for malaria or larger-than-life personalities like Oprah who has touched the lives of millions with her daily show.

When we compare our small beginnings and meager efforts to these icons, we may feel so insignificant that we give up. We cringe as the inner critic whispers: “Who are you to think that you can change things out there when you have not even mastered your own health or finances or relationships?”

We compare our own weaknesses to the strengths of others and, when it feels too overwhelming, we give up. And so we forget that we are an integral part of a larger whole — a precious drop in the ocean of life. Yet when we give up on our dreams, the whole world misses out.

We think that we have to be important, powerful or perfect before we can make a difference. And so we disqualify ourselves before we even start.

Here is an important truth to remember: You do not have to be important, powerful or perfect to make a difference in the world — you simply have to be willing!

When we focus on our limitations, we fail to notice that those individuals who make a difference in the world do so despite their own weaknesses. Their lives are not perfect, yet they have made a commitment to argue for their potential and not for their liabilities. And while some critics like to point out what they cannot do, these brave souls make a meaningful contribution to the world because they choose to focus on what they can do, in spite of their limitations.

Andrea Bocelli became one of the finest vocalists of our time despite the fact that he is blind. Mother Teresa founded an order that ministers to the sick and dying worldwide despite the fact that she never had a university education. Nelson Mandela became the leader of a nation, guiding millions away from racist politics and toward equality, despite the fact that he had become estranged from his wife after spending 26 years in prison.

These people made — and continue to make — a difference in the world. Their contributions to society are like precious drops of water that raise the level of the ocean for everyone. And they made a difference in spite of their personal weaknesses, limitations or liabilities.

In this field of consciousness known as the human condition, we are all interconnected. The struggles of others affect us, but we are also uplifted by their actions. Life offers us the opportunity to tap into our greatness and to contribute that drop to the ocean of human consciousness so that everyone can be uplifted.

There is no requirement that you become rich, perfect or famous in order to make a difference. You are only required to start. Start with small steps day by day. What is your heart calling you to do? Which person can you reach out to? What small step can you take to contribute your drop to the ocean of life?

Recognize the small ways in which you can make a difference. Feel the fear and self-doubt, and then take that step to contribute anyway. That is how greatness is born: knowing that you can make a meaningful difference despite areas of your life that are still in process. Look past your limitations and act from your potential. The world is awaiting your gifts.


Ada Porat is an energy kinesiologist and life coach. She uses an integrative body/mind/spirit approach to help people find meaning in their lives. 602-283-4628 or www.AdaPorat.com.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 29, Number 3, June/July 2010.

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