Many people believe that the world is doomed, that we as humans have lost our way, that we don’t have what it takes to make a difference. Some believe only great people like Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa were the few capable of making changes.
In reality though, you don’t necessarily have to be famous or a billionaire or a world leader to make this world a better place. I’ve always been raised to believe that being a good person is all about the small things. It’s about how you treat others. Though alone you cannot change the whole world, by starting to influence the people around you can make the world a little bit brighter.
These not-so-difficult offerings can start changing our world in more ways than one. Instead of holding grudges, let’s start to forgive. Lets start to see the good in others. Let’s allow ourselves to be true to who we are and not ever doubt our potential. Let’s love the people around us and get ourselves involved in charities and good causes.
We have a mission to protect and to see that the next generation will be a better version of ourselves. All this whining and complaining isn’t going to solve anything, less make a difference. It’ll only drain us of our precious energy, leaving us without the ability to be proactive in our endeavours.
“If you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have time to do something about it.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
You don’t need to wait for the perfect time to share happiness and love. You don’t need to wait until you make an extra bit of money to share the figurative piece of bread. You don’t need any of that; they’re just excuses. Every little effort counts. Start taking responsibility and seek ways to contribute to your society. It doesn’t matter if what you give is large or small, insignificant as it may seem. It still counts.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
Awareness is always the first step towards change, and the second is acceptance. Change is the law of life. Change is constant. If we don’t change, we can’t grow. We as humans are afraid of change, yet it’s the one thing that brings about progress. Nothing’s wrong with change so long as it’s always in the right direction. So be the change that you wish to see in the world before it’s too late.
Take an interest in the world around you. Read and watch documentaries. Meet open-minded people and others from different cultures and backgrounds. Take time and understand the complexity of this planet. Take time to understand what life’s like for those less fortunate than you. Try to spend time with them. Get behind a local organisation addressing a problem that you’re passionate about. Get involved. See, experience and feel the impact you’re having.
Your contribution may seem small from your perspective, but it could be the greatest act of kindness another person could receive. We might never have our names in the history books, but the memory of our contributions will forever resonate in the people who’ve had the pleasure of experiencing our help.