"Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go out and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive"- Howard Thurman
Empowerment happens when you Stay Awake.
Staying Awake means being actively engaged with the state of the world. It means being aware of both the "good" and "bad" things happening in the world. It means embracing reality exactly as it is, whilst constantly challenging and questioning it. It means maintaining this alertness and openness without sinking into denial of the extent of our challenges, or into nihilism that efforts for change are futile.
Staying Awake means developing the ability to “sustain our gaze” at the world in all of its chaos and turmoil, love and loss, and remember who we are, what our passions and gifts are, and how much power we have to create change if we only step up and embrace it.