One of the things that inspired me most is the metaphor of the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly. I first heard about this in the context of change and sustainability in a talk by Elisabet Satouris... who put it (roughly) like this:
This post is about almost having a stomach ulcer at 26. And about THE MOST exhilarating question we ALL have to answer: How can we live happily and prosperously AND maintain a living, thriving planet??
And about what one has to do with the other and why the two are the same thing. And a little bit about the Matrix.
Let's get real here folks - we're all addicted. We see stuff - we want it. We own it - we want more. We are like kids in the candy story.
If we stopped buying unnecessary stuff, our planet would be better of. We'd be depleting much less of our planet's resources, destroying less eco-systems, creating much less waste and even stop changing the climate.
And we'd end up with more money in our back pocket- it's a no-brainer, really. But how do we stop??
Typical conundrum of countless changemakers I know: They care so much about other people that they forget about themselves and they live in martyrdom and on the brink of poverty. Which is honorable in some way, but very unhelpful in others.
What I found is that this is often caused by the same few very basic underlying assumptions or thoughts.