An Alternative Outlook
Some profound insight from Rumi, a 13th Century Persian poet, who offers up another perspective when appreciating our smallness. As he describes it, “you are not just a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.” I thought this was a pretty cool revelation in the grand scheme of things. Especially for those of us concerned with sustainability, climate change, and the dangers of an eroding environment.
These are all big issues, and it’s easy to consider that our individual contribution may not amount to all that much. For instance, when contemplating whether to donate to a cause, volunteer, vote, or maybe just use disposables. We might justify to ourselves that it won’t make that much of a difference in the big picture. Rather, Rumi reminds us that we are each of us a small reflection of the big picture.