The "Blessed Unrest:" Optimism and Hope

January is a time for new beginnings.  The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us of the power of optimism in accomplishing our goals.   He understood the power of the actions of each individual. Since his powerful   “I have a dream” speech, much change has occurred.   One such change reflects the actions of many that is give hope, and optimism to the world.  It is called, the “The Blessed Unrest.”

“The Blessed Unrest” is a term developed by Paul Hawken to describe the increasing numbers of people at the grass roots who are taking action based on their values.  We see it in the many people who are sending money and supplies for the people in Haiti. Beyond immediate needs, we also see it in the increased numbers of nonprofit organizations. 

Hawken, in his book, Blessed Unrest (2008), estimates that there may be over ten million worldwide.   He believes it reflects the largest movement in the world, -- and no one saw it coming. Why? Its structure is different.  Unlike other movements, it has no single leader, no common ideology, and no central source of control or organization. 

Instead it is coming from a multitude of caring people.  Fiercely independent and aware, they are facing some of the most pressing issues of the day:  Global warming, poverty, peace, human rights, and many more.  They work quietly behind the scenes, getting the job done, providing hope, support, and meaning to people around the world. Hawken believes the clout behind this emergence is idea, not force. 

Rather than seeking domination, it strives to disperse concentrations of power.  Rather than control, it seeks connection.  Beyond independence, it reflects an interdependence where we can have our own individual views and yet be quickly connected through our higher values and technology for the highest good of all.  When we look at all that is going well, it gives us much hope.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Alice