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What The World Really Needs April 26, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Less IS More, People.

Time and energy are limited resources.

Attempting to help out with every “good cause” that comes our way is not an effective use of our limited time on this planet.

If we all attempt to “get involved” with every problem facing the planet, nothing will ever get done ~  none of us will be educated enough (or have time enough) to find workable solutions.

Instead, we’ll just spin our wheels until we become exhausted . . . long before sustainable solutions are reached.

In contrast, when we choose to focus only on those issues we are passionate about (and refuse to get sucked into every problem tossed our way), that concentrated inner passion energizes us to educate ourselves about the issues so that we can work  effectively with others of like passion to find workable solutions.

Each of us has different strengths and weaknesses.  We should all care about the world, but we can do so in different ways.

We can’t all be Mother Teresa . . . that was her job.

We need some people to care about animal welfare, while others focus on developing sustainable energy solutions, improving health care, ending poverty, and promoting fair trade.

If we each select only the causes which interest us most, the ones that touch our hearts, we funnel our energy (instead of diffusing it) ~ increasing the odds that we will contribute to creating effective solutions for the planet.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote:  Don’t worry about what the world wants from you, worry about what makes you come more alive.  Because what the world really needs are people who are more alive.  ~ Lawrence Le Shan

Related:  Generosity of Spirit * Live Your Life * Creating the Essence of Feeling Alive (T4D)


1. Richard W Scott - April 26, 2010

Well said. It isn’t “cheating” to choose the battles that you think you can win, or at least make a difference with.

theteacher174 - April 26, 2010

I don’t think so. By choosing the battles that can be won, you ensure that they actually get won. If too many battles are fought, there aren’t enough resources to win even ones you can win.

2. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Just so. There are lots of issues that “interest” me ~ but only a few that truly spark my passion.

Those sparks inspire me to do the necessary fact-gathering and research required to add to the discussion with positive contributions, rather than just reiterating emotional arguments and appeals.

Cheers! Have a Marvelous Monday.

3. raisingable - April 26, 2010

Love the quote.
I hope people
1. start at home by getting their own house and family in order.
2. choose some way in their community to make a differnce.

Most people don’t give time or money. Give some of both, regularly.

4. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Glad you liked it ~ it’s a great remember to honor our unique perspectives and personalities as we move through life!

When we feel “more alive” we are inspired to roll up our sleeves and make a difference . . .


5. Louise Stonington - April 26, 2010

Once, on the 4th of July, a neighbor let a burning rocket fall in the empty lot near us starting a fire in very dry grass. Luckily, 4 people came quickly with buckets of water, and because we put it out so quickly, no one was hurt.
Please be part of the bucket brigade, just 30 minutes a week. (Spend the other 10,050 minutes following the advice above.)
Every bit of oil, coal and natural gas we burn today is like a flame in dry grass, in that if we do not stop it right now, the emissions will, within our life span, result in terrible damages: coastal cities battered by worse and worse storms and finally permanently flooded, cropland turned to desert, billion people homeless and without water, oceans too acid for shellfish and fish, and people in very bad moods. For NO GOOD REASON other than we are too lazy to make the energy people switch to electricity and fuel that does not mess with the climate.
Share your love of life with your older self and generations to come. Log on once a week to send a letter to an official to get our tax money to create a clean energy economy at http://nrdc.org/ or http://www.ucsusa.org or http://greenpeace.org

nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Excellent advice!

Another of my passions is greening the planet. If you’re interested, check out “Go Green” in the search field, or the category cloud.


6. yogathirst - April 26, 2010

Very true, we should focus our energy – like sharpshooters, instead of the so typical “shotgun approach”

nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Just so.

When we try juggling too many balls at once, our minds are filled with clouds of confusion, rather than clarity.


7. Biz - April 26, 2010

Great post. Save the world.
We will select your blog to be display at our website.

8. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Thanks, Biz.

Checked out your website ~ very cool. Thanks for promoting Spirit Lights The Way!


9. Holly Mangan - April 26, 2010

If we each follow our passions and truly express our Selves the healing to take place on this earth would be massive. We ALL are solutions to the world’s problems. Which ones? Just go inside and see where you’re called. Fabulous. This is my passion – getting the word out that we’ve already got the answers within and how to find them. http://www.hollymangan.com Thanks so much for sharing.

10. Andrea - April 26, 2010

I love your message. This is very important to realize not attacking everything out there. So many of us forget our purpose, and try to fix everything, that it’s just not useful. It takes time for people to get there.

11. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Holly & Andrea ~

I’m sending you both a cyber hug: (((*)))

Passion . . . makes it happen!


12. firemanbalze - April 26, 2010

What i would like to know in an ideal world is ; Where do they keep the beer ?

nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Follow me . . . I know a short cut! : )

13. Jessica - April 26, 2010

I totally agree! Great advice. I have learned that you don’t have to be involved or give to every cause. Become and advocate from your heart and it will make the biggest impact.

I love this:
“If we each select only the causes which interest us most, the ones that touch our hearts, we funnel our energy (instead of diffusing it) ~ increasing the odds that we will contribute to creating effective solutions for the planet.”

14. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Thanks, Jessica!

This is as much a reminder to me, as it is advice for others ~ when I try to get involved with too many causes at one time, I feel splintered and fragmented rather than whole.

Everything gets muddy, and I lose the clarity I’m seeking.

We are most effective when we have time to both become aware of the issues (at more than a superficial level) and contemplate the best steps to take.


15. ramonakent - April 26, 2010

Very effective outlook!!

16. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

It works for me! ; )

Thanks for stopping by, Ramona.

17. itzexodus - April 26, 2010

It is true that people do need more zeal to help the world, but if everyone focused on only one thing, then nothing would ever get done. There are plenty of people out there passionate about what they do.

nrhatch - April 26, 2010

I agree. I don’t think people need to limit their focus to ONE issue ~ but to maintain enthusiasm for the “long haul,” it helps to focus only on those issues they are truly passionate about.

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers.

18. clairela - April 26, 2010

really true. Great blog…the quotes really fit well, too. It’s no good to anyone to try to be a good little boy scout and give everyone a half-minute of your time, when you could achieve so much more by focusing your passion and energy. Thanks for this :)!

nrhatch - April 26, 2010

I think we feel “guilty” when we say “no, thanks” to issues that don’t really grab our hearts.

But it’s probably better to say “no” than to contribute in a half-hearted way. : )

Thanks for commenting!

19. Remain.Simple - April 26, 2010

Sustainability and the “green movement” is a a decoy for ordinary people to pay more for everything from food to energy. The certified organic stuff is produced by the same company in a very similar manner. Don’t be fooled, that be eating and becoming a vegetarian, you will be better off because everything around us is already messed up. Fish has mercury and plastic, meat has e.coli and salmonella, and veggies have extremely harmful pesticides that even water can’t wash off. Greenhouse gases are building up, but are not the sole cause of global warming.

Maintaining good health is the key, not spending more on everything.

20. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Thanks for sharing, Remain.Simple.

I’m not sure that I agree with all of your blanket statements. For example, I get my organic produce from a local C.S.A. where I know the farmer and see exactly how he grows the veggies in the field.

And, in my experience, the green movement and sustainable living are more than “decoys” designed to increase prices.

But, you’re right about one thing, we aren’t there yet . . . we have miles to go before we sleep.


21. Breland Kent - April 26, 2010

Great sounding board for everyone!! I feel the same way.

22. polarhud - April 26, 2010

I love this message. I think people try too hard to be heroes in every aspect possible and in the end, do little good because they didn’t have time or energy to put forth actual effort. A lot of people are just talk, and I don’t think I am any different. I don’t think there is a person alive who hasn’t been a hypocrite at some point. But I will never put down a person who actually tries, even if it’s so small it is barely noticed.

But specializing… good message. I don’t think many people realize how important it is to be realistic when it comes to working for a cause.

23. jordan Clark - April 26, 2010

Wow… I love this blog! Kudos Kudos!

I have to say, I’m passionate about Teens, Parenting, and God. Check out my latest blog here: http://digg.com/d31PXiq

Thanks for this post!

24. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Thanks, polarhud & jordan!

Glad the message resonated with you both.

Here’s to passion . . . making it happen!

25. targettman - April 26, 2010

You’re right. People are being guilt tripped these days into thinking they have to do everything for everyone.
It would be better if everyone focused on making an effective difference in an area they CAN make an effective difference in

nrhatch - April 26, 2010

I wrote a post, Moments of Freedom, about just that issue ~ people wanting us to join causes of interest to them, whether or not we hold similar interests.


Sometimes we just need to say, “no, thanks.”

Thanks for commenting.

26. chrissiebee - April 26, 2010

Amazing..I was thinking about this today and posted about the responsibility of the Rainforest etc I was wondering how to share the blame of the mess upon ourselves evenly? Thank You for this sinsightful vision xx

27. Oneness - April 26, 2010

“Energy” is a limitless resource…

nrhatch - April 26, 2010

You’ve got a point, Oneness.

The problem I have is tapping into that limitless resource ~ the older I get, the more frequently my batteries need to be recharged. : )

28. colin L beadon - April 26, 2010

Good. All good. Perhaps we are all slowly waking up from years of deep sleep and inchoate
reasoning upon the divine ground upon which we actually breath, and live, love, and die.
The issues we have forced on this Divine Ground, are so many, few of us of true spiritual Earth- loving aficion, know where to start our quest,…. to insure renewal.
So each must pick his path, and hope to find other soft – loving hands up the rock faces to guide us,….. who will bid ‘Look only forward, never look down, or back.’

nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Colin ~

Wonderful observations. Maybe we are all waking up, after sleepwalking for year. Hmm . . .

I agree with you ~ when we keep moving forward, allowing the path to unfold before us, we arrive exactly where we need to be . . . when we need to be there.

Keep on truckin’

29. Carolbird - April 26, 2010

True words. Great blog! 🙂

30. nrhatch - April 26, 2010

Thanks, Carolbird!

31. princessdana22 - April 27, 2010

Great blog

32. Kris - April 27, 2010

Well said!! I totally agree! If everybody would get involved in something, a charity or whatever they think would help their particular cause. Even donating a little bit of your time and/or money! I myself support the Borneo Orangutang Survival Foundation.

33. Food Additives - April 27, 2010

Nice post.Thank you for this article.

34. slamdunk - April 27, 2010

Good advice. It is easy to run from here to there and never accomplish much of anything–a focused approach is much wiser.

35. unforgivens - May 18, 2010

I found your site from the WordPress.com page which has several sites that are strong enough to make the page. Your site is wonderful and beautiful.

36. Margaret Reyes Dempsey - January 21, 2011

I found your blog via your comment in response to my comment in response to SuziCate’s http://suzicate.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/living-life-the-best-we-can/. LOL. I just love the places blogging takes me.

I agree totally with your post. I would add, however, that talent is important as well. You can be passionate about something and have absolutely no ability to carry it out. Just watch the first few American Idol auditions of each season. Some people have lots of passion, but they are never going to make it as singers because they don’t have the talent. That’s not to say that they shouldn’t continue singing in the shower.

When your passions and talents match up, that’s when you can make a real difference in the world.

nrhatch - January 21, 2011

LOL. I expect that those folks who sing out of tune on American Idol are NOT really passionate about singing . . . they are only interested in being in front of a camera.

They have a desire for fame at any price ~ even if it means being ridiculed for falling flat on their faces. 🙂

I expect that our true passions (our reason for being) generally align with our talents.

37. suzicate - January 21, 2011

Once upon a time, I thought I had to take part in every good effort that passed my way. I’ve learned to pick and choose wisely rather than burning out.

nrhatch - January 21, 2011

And Suzi lived happily ever after. 😀

38. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words) - August 15, 2011

It is so easy to be sucked into causes and then find yourself frustrated by that. Wise words as usual Nancy. Love the quote,.


nrhatch - August 15, 2011

I believe that’s why I’m standing on the sidelines with respect to Somalia, rather than jumping in to rescue mode.

I’ve been pulled in so many directions by so many causes over time that I get 3-4 (or more) pleas for money every day in the mail from human and animal rights organizations, environmental protection agencies, etc.. I’m on overload.

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