Understanding The Power You Possess

Justin Patton
4 min readNov 16, 2018

The power is in your hands.

“I’m not saying that I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain the will change the world.” -Tupac Shakur

As people, we often spend time wishing, hoping, and praying for the world to be a better place without taking any action, which is quite understandable. It’s easy to look at problems of the world in their entirety and think that there’s nothing that you can do. Besides, you don’t have time for that because you have your own person issues to deal with. You want to care, but trying to solve problems of the world can feel like a ridiculously overwhelming task (except if your name is Elon Musk).

However, just because you cannot do everything does not you cannot do something. When it comes to creating change in the world, we can all do our part which is exactly that: our part. As just one person, you cannot change the world, but you can certainly change your world.

“Be the change in the world that you wish to see.” -Ghandi

If the world is to change for the better,it will start from the bottom up. Waiting for politicians and those in power to change your situation will leave you waiting forever. If you think there should be more love in the world, give more love by simply letting someone know you love them and practice forgiveness. If you think the environment should be better taken care of, start by taking better care of your environment. Maybe you want to combat greed in the world. At the least you can do your part by giving expecting nothing in return whenever opportunity presents itself. There is always somewhere to start.

Never discount the power you have by saying that there’s nothing that you can do. There’s always something that you can do. Actions are contagious, and you never know who your actions are affecting. Even the smallest gestures cause ripples in the universe that extend far beyond ourselves.

I offer the poem below as a reminder that we, the people, have more power than we think. And the only way that power is taken from us, is when we give it away by saying, “there’s nothing I can do”. There’s always…

Justin Patton

Spoken word artist and writer. Living my life and writing about it along the way, it just might inspire somebody. IG: @iamjustinpatton