Gratitude

Calling All Angels

October 16, 2011
Solo Bird

It’s been a rough week. My friend’s passing was much more difficult than anything I was expecting. Not that this kind of thing is ever expected.

I eluded to the last conversation I had with him in my previous entry, but didn’t say what we talked about. The bottom line of the conversation was that his faith in humanity had been diminished over the years. At the same time, mine had been on the rise.

It was one of those conversations where I felt we were talking in circles, and I decided I wasn’t going to convince him right then and there. I wanted to show him, but either I didn’t have the time before he died, or maybe I did and just didn’t realize it.

Solo BirdBryan didn’t see what I was seeing.  He wasn’t experiencing the wave of energy of people across the globe that are standing up for what they believe in and making big changes in the world like I was. His days were not filled soaking up inspiring tweets and comments on blog posts or Google+ uploads.

You see, I believe we choose what we absorb each day. If we want to focus on the good things happening in the world, we can. But, we can just as easily let the incessant stream of negativity, gloom and doom permeate our experience to the point that we become conditioned to expect it.

We get to choose.

Earlier this evening I went to the market down the street to pick up a bite to eat before settling in to watch Pay It Forward in an attempt to relax and recharge. On the way out, I ran into a new neighbor in the hallway and she asked me about the t-shirt I was wearing.  One the front it says:

Know Better
Do Better
theknowbettereffect.com

She asked me if I think it works, and I told her that I know it works.

I came home and watched Pay It Forward and I got a little teary as I often do when I watch it. The message of the film is so inspiring that it’s hard to watch and not feel like there is inherent potential for goodness within each of us. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a good film for lifting your spirits and vision for humanity overall.

And in another fascinating twist of synchrodestiny, the ending of the film features the song Calling All Angels performed by Jane Siberry and K.D. Lang, who I wrote about last week. In fact, that post talks about Steve Jobs’ death and his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. I quoted that speech in Bryan’s eulogy which I delivered yesterday, and I remarked that Bryan’s last Facebook post was regarding the death of Jobs.

I want to express gratitude for the people that were telling me I should relax today. It was badly needed both physically and emotionally, and I got a good dose of inspiration that will help me start the week off with a fresh perspective.

Take what you like from all of this, but whatever you believe, consider this a call to the better angels within each of us to stand up and change the world, right now. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Be your own leader, and put your ideas into action now.

I can’t think of anything else more important.

What are you doing to change the world?

7 Comments

  • Reply Vicki R Hebert October 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I am trying to show my children that they have a voice. I want to show them, by action, that things can be changed for the better. I also want them to know that there is good out in the world and that there are other great people to bond with for strength. Every little bit helps and adds up to great things when we work together. You are one of those people and a large part of that inspiration Brandon. Thank you.

    • Reply Brandon Sutton October 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you, Vicki!  This is beautifully said.  Keep up the excellent work.  🙂

  • Reply Daryl Denis Bredenkamp October 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I’m always amazed at the “touching points” we have with others around us. For instance, I smiled at your term “synchrodestiny”. It is a bit of what I’m talking about here and a bit of my post “Idiosynchronicity” – https://bit.ly/oZR2oP. I don’t know if you read “Dealing with Loss” – https://bit.ly/oT9ZhP yet, but you may find it helpful. I also love the “paying it forward” concept and movie. I simply don’t think that everyone cares enough to do so. As for me, one of my mottos is to “do what I can, where I am, with what I have”. That means that, if I perceive a need, I am obliged to do something. I cannot completely meet every need, but there is always something I can do, even if it is only a word of comfort. Keep up the good fight, there are too few people who care to get their hands dirty.

    • Reply Brandon Sutton October 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks, Daryl.  I can’t take credit for ‘synchrodestiny’ – it’s from Deepak Chopra actually.  🙂 

      Keep doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.  It can inspire others to do the same, which means we all win. 

      The only thing I would disagree with you on is in your use of the term ‘fight’ – I try to reframe each ‘struggle’ or whatever as an opportunity to see it in a positive light.  For instance, when I was arrested in DC for the Tar Sands Action demonstration, it felt less like a protest and more like an affirmation that we were behind President Obama when he decided to fulfill his campaign promise to ‘end the age of oil in our time,’ etc. 

      I believe our language matters in these cases.  Curious to hear your thoughts.

      • Reply Daryl Denis Bredenkamp October 19, 2011 at 10:57 am

        Come to think of it, a rather unfortunate figure of speech, especially as doing what we can, where we are, with what we have are often the most inspiring, fulfilling experiences that lead to lasting joy and fulfillment. Still, I cannot say that I am particularly keen on getting arrested for any cause. 🙂

  • Reply Al Smith October 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    You are changing the world Brandon.  I am trying to help people realize that they don’t have to be miserable.  Life is too short.  we can all make an impact, however small.  It all adds up.
    CARE about people.  To SEE the change, we need to BE the change.

    Thanks again for all you do. 

    Al

    • Reply Brandon Sutton October 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks for your ongoing support, Al.  We’re all changing the world by showing up and being who we really are every day. I know I can count on you for that, always.

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