TODAY I am talking about what I mean when I say, “Change the world”.
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So! Changing the world! I have this picture in my head of a perfect world. It’s a world where everyone is happy. Walking along the sidewalk you see someone and they smile and say hello. You go to your favorite coffee shop to get your modestly priced coffee and find that someone has paid it forward and your coffee is already paid for, so you return the favor and pay for someone else’s coffee. You are happy at your work, and living the life that you want. You live in a place that you like, or maybe you just bounce from house to house while you are getting on your feet and no one minds letting you sleep on their couch. You don’t feel like there are people out to get you because there aren’t! You can work out business deals and know that both party’s genuinely want the best for each other’s business. You are allowed to have your opinions and respectfully disagree. There aren’t people murdering each other in the name of “love”. It’s nice.
But, I am not so naïve to think that world peace will ever exist. I am not so naïve to think that people won’t create barriers between each other. I am not dumb enough to actually believe that every day I wake up, bad things aren’t happening somewhere. But I do believe that things can be better. I believe that showing one person every day the grace of gratitude can make the world a better place. Teaching people to be grateful for the things they have, rather than pushing everyone else out of the way for the things they desire. I believe that changing just one life can change the world. Because that one person can go on and change another life. And that person can go and change 3 people’s lives. And one of those people can go on to cure cancer or something. The world can change if all of my efforts can change someone who thinks they are worthless to someone who lives a life of purpose. One person.
And I know I alone can’t change the world. I can’t dive into the center of the Earth and rewire how things are. I alone can’t change the way people treat each other. But one-by-one, we can stand together. Alone I am nothing, but together with all of my readers and listeners and all of their friends and even acquaintances… together, we can make the world a better place. By practicing gratitude every single day, you can be contagious. Each one of us can spread love everywhere we go. And sure, some people aren’t going to be changed. But it only takes one. All we need is to be one. All you need is one.
That’s what I mean by change the world. I don’t mean I am going to create a training program that will be one size fits all. A program that will get everyone in the best shape of their life. That’s because everyone has different needs. I can’t become a life coach that will be able to teach everyone how to live happier lives. Everyone has different opinions of what it means to be happy. There is nothing I can do to single-handedly change the world. But if I can help the people around me to be better tomorrow than they are today, then I am changing the world. I will be satisfied with just 1 person. I don’t need all 7 billion. Because one person can become 10. 10 becomes 10000. All we have to do is practice gratitude and show a little love for each other.
But let me say that I don’t have all of the answers. I am flawed. I don’t have everything figured out. I am often wrong. I make so many mistakes. I beat myself up every day. I have days when I don’t want to roll out of bed. I have days where I think the world might actually be a better place if I wasn’t in it. We all have self-defeating days. That’s why we need each other. We need to be reminded that we live lives of purpose. We all have skills and ideas and all of those things are worth something to someone. The days I think I should let this world go, I think about the people in my life. The change I have yet to make. It’s hard. But I do it for my family. My friends. My listeners and readers. I know if I checked out early it be like wearing a vest of explosives that destroy the lives of those around me. I know I can’t change the world alone. I know that by myself I am beyond insignificant. I am no more important the ant that you squish in the kitchen. But with all of the other ants, well. Together we’d weigh more than all of the humans combined.
So what can you do to change the world? “Give someone tacos and a smile”. Just kidding, though if you gave me a taco, it would definitely make my day. You can change the world by investing in yourself. Learn some stuff. Learn to be productive, not busy. Don’t settle for being mediocre. Be nothing less than your full purpose. Try to be someone that brings others together. Smile a little more. Pay it forward at the coffee shop once in a while. Make someone’s day. If you have ever wanted someone who is living wrong to listen to you, then show them some love. The only people that have ever shaped YOUR opinions are the people you love, so what makes you think you are going to change the way someone else thinks by calling them an idiot?
Don’t wait for somebody to have an idea. Be somebody. Be the change you wish to see in the world, because there is no one like you, and the world needs you. It needs you to change one person’s life. It only takes one.
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