If we truly desire to make a difference in the world we must start with ourselves. We are a reflection of the world; we make a difference based on what we bring to the table in every interaction and every word. This is the energy that we bring to our environment so we must take responsibility for it. That is where our true power rests, within our being.
As much as I love people and it pains me to see their suffering, I know that I cannot do for others what I myself cannot do for me. I must undo my pain, my trauma in order to be of service to others. It is only when I understand my path that I can better dissect the pieces that helped me along the way; it is those pieces that I can then share with others. We must use our own power if are to ever be free.