Catalysts: Find One. Be One. Change Your World.
“Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us – and those around us – more effectively. Look for the learning.” ~ Louisa May Alcott
Merriam Webster defines catalyst as:
1: a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions (as at a lower temperature) than otherwise possible
2: an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action
It’s that second version that counts here.
From the secular to the spiritual, catalysts go by many names: Leader, Change Agent, Activist, Organizer, Mentor, Coach, Teacher, Parent, Nature, Bodhisattva, Saint, Guru, Yogi(ni). Two other names you might be more familiar with: You and Me.
Whether here at The New Pursuit or at many of the fantastic blogs I enjoy, I’ve talked a lot about the importance of catalysts – finding one, being one – for transforming not only our own lives, but the Life of the World around us and the beautiful planet we are privileged to call Home.
Catalysts are all around us. Sure, there are those whose names are more top of mind, but many live in quiet humility, changing the world around them one breath, one simple action at a time. Big or small, famous or anonymous, catalysts share similar traits. They:
- Put Others Before Themselves. Catalysts are selfless, caring more about the betterment of those around them and knowing that their own growth is multiplied exponentially through these actions.
- Dwell in Love. Maybe it’s one of the Three Spheres of Love, maybe it’s all three. Regardless, catalysts know that Love is the defining element of our entire existence – creating it, sharing it, bringing it out in others.
- Know the Power of Small Things. A smile, a “hello”, a hug, a word of encouragement, a donation, an hour out of their day – catalysts know that some of the best gifts are immaterial and come in the smallest of packages.
- Can Connect Dots and See the Bigger Picture. Catalysts have an amazing ability to rise above the surface of things and see out to the horizon. They know how to thread together seemingly disparate things into the Fabric of Change.
- Have Patience and Perseverance. Catalysts accept that change doesn’t happen overnight. Still, they remain steadfast in their conviction that their world is in need of changing for the better. They have faith and persevere through the ups, downs, bumps and bruises of leading those they care about through it.
The beautiful thing is: We can all find a catalyst — a person, a cause to get behind — to help bring about that “significant change” in our lives. Further, we can all be a catalyst. We all possess the innate ability to change our own life and the Life of the World around us.
Even better: You don’t need any special training or an advanced degree. You don’t need to be super rich or powerful (in the corporate capitalist sense). You just need to love, care and foster those traits we talked about above. We cultivate these traits taking steps to live deeply each day. It’s a combination of being and doing, engaged in bettering ourselves and everything around us – from people to places to the planet and all who call it Home.
Need some inspiration? Try these out for size:
- LIFE // You might have heard of folks like Leo, Everett, Tammy and Joshua. But what about Courtney, Sandi and Katie? Beyond blogs, there are a lot of great books out there too. One of my favorites is Narrative of the Life by Frederick Douglass.
- NATURE // The best way to get inspired here is just to get outside and soak in all that vibrant life that is teeming all around you. It doesn’t matter how or for how long, just do it. When you’re ready to read, check out Lynn, Majeeda, or Kathy. For an amazingly inspirational book, grab a copy of Gary Snyder’s Pulitzer Prize winning Turtle Island. This should be on everyone’s bookshelf.
- BEING // Beyond practicing mindfulness and tapping your own innate inspiration, you can definitely get your fill by checking out Raam, Ali, Sandra or Ian. When you’re ready to curl up on the couch, I highly recommend Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hahn.
Inspiration is at every turn. Change comes with every moment. Peace and right prosperity is here for everyone. The world just needs that “substance” — that’s us — to embrace it.
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