you are not a drop in the ocean

you are not a drop in the ocean

I find it curious how we interpret things and how the same thing can have so many different meanings - it's all about perspective.
Perspective is the way we see something, it's our view, position and orientation. People tend to look at the negative aspects, avoiding creating expectations so they don't have disappointments, and also because often bad is stronger (and more real) than the good. But what happens when we change our mindset to a more positive one is truly amazing - positive attracts positive.

We always think of ourselves as being so vulnerable, small and part of something.. like a tiny drop in the great ocean. And this ocean is so big, so dense and so deep that our presence is seldom noticed. But what if you are not insignificant? What if you, in fact, are connected to everything and everything is connected to you. Think about it this way.. Your home wouldn't be the same home without you, it would be something different.. We influence everything and everyone we go through. In the same way, a forest without a tree is no longer the same forest and the ocean without a small drop is not the same ocean - it changes all the dynamics and the surroundings.

We have to recognise that we are important, we are different and unique. We have to become confident inside and be authentic on the outside. There's a poem I love - A Garden Beyond Paradise, by Rumi - that describes all that I've been writing here, I love especially this part:
“Let the drop of water that is you become a hundred mighty seas.
But do not think that the drop alone
becomes the Ocean

the Ocean, too, becomes the drop!"

If we think of all our life experiences, people we meet, places we travel.. they are all in our hearts and souls. We carry them inside of us, we carry our world inside of us, each and everyone does it - we are the entire ocean in a drop! And this ocean wouldn't be pure, big and real as it is, if one drop were missing. What if we are a unique conduit of energy of the Universe? Because we really are.

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop
— Rumi

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