We feel it. We transfer and transform it. We hold and wield it. Some contain it with grace and others hold it over the heads of subordinates like an ax. There is no doubt that we feel differently when it’s gone. Power can create and it can destroy, though power itself can be neither created nor destroyed. Through unfair treatment and lack of consideration, its effects can be obliterated, and that is not always a good thing.
In business and in life, there’s no way to get away from the concept, and how we deal with power, whether it be in the form of a government, utility, or spiritual entity. When it’s out of balance in our lives, power can create anything from a mild sense of depression to an all out revolution. In the coming months we will watch as our communities, municipalities, innovative technologies, and personal faiths find and forge their next moves forward through the tremors of the aftermath of 2016.
How we engineer that journey together into 2017 will be a test and tribute to the attitude we forge now. Through our ideals come our ideas. We now have the ability to share those ideas on platforms that give us an outreach like never before in our documented history and to build technological innovation for the future that will rival science fiction. Those who want to heal, empower, and create their notion of a better tomorrow have an equal space to those cry victim and those who play bully, but somehow, lately, we have allowed the latter to persuade some of us into believing that we are powerless.
But the summation of the year will not be the Power that we feel or don’t feel in the coming of the new year. It’s the BALANCE that we need to construct, and BALANCE by virtue of its definition needs equanimity, equality, open dialogue and understanding. There is a way to sit on the fence. There is a way to find and nurture open communication. Through humble listening, and the radical understanding that nothing in a three dimensional world has only one side.
Striking a balance between what we hear and what we know to be true, whether it be sustainable business or personal health practices, how we treat our neighbors or our finances, getting in touch with your personal power, your integrity, and your balanced decisions through 2017 will assure that you come out on top. With that in mind, before the end of 2016, we invite you to take the time to do three simple things for yourself:
Breathe deep each morning and be thankful to be alive.
Assess what you hear and what your read and then take a moment to actually ask yourself if you believe what your heard or saw is actually true.
Determine if that actual truth is necessary and what you can do to change or promote it. Perhaps it’s best to leave the dirt on the ground or lift the sails to steer the ship in the right direction.
GreeningDetroit.com is grateful for you and hopes that you enjoy the holidays, remembering that any shift of power on the outside does not have to shake the power you contain on the inside.
Cathleen Francois, Executive Director