Illustration by ~n4orcer
With the presidential election on the horizon, we hear much about how this leader or that leader will change the state of our Nation and our world.
But what about us…
Where do we fit into this big picture of changing this big world?
I’m here to argue that truly profound change can sweep the globe if we simply begin with ourselves.
It’s really easy to sit in an air conditioned room lamenting with your fellow about this problem or that problem.
What’s not so easy is focusing on ourselves, and what we can do to change the world we live in. No, that takes hard work.
I have a stunning news flash. We are the world and the world is us. When we change, the world does right along with us.
I’m not saying don’t lament about the state of our world. Hell, I’ll pull up a seat right along with you and pour myself a cup of tea while I’m at it. What I am saying, though – is let’s put things in perspective. Let’s not use an obsession with world leaders as an avoidance mechanism for looking in the mirror and asking the tough questions: figuring out how we ourselves can change, which is ultimately what changes the world.
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ” – Leo Tolstoy
Another mistake is assuming it’s only the “big” issues we should focus our minds on. Yeah, well, what about the “small” issues? What about our own neck of the woods – our own neighbors? Should we simply entertain that all of that exists in a vacuum? It just doesn’t count? It’s not a part of the big picture? It involves me directly too much, and thus I will over look it?
Can changing ourselves in one neck of the woods change the rest of the world? Can engaging the “little” things in our corner of the planet ripple out to other parts of the planet? Whether it can or cannot is actually irrelevant. It’s irrelevant because no matter what perspective you take, you will almost always have the greatest impact on the people you live with and interact with day in and day out. That’s the facts.
Some Real Ways to Change Our World
Be happy. Or at the very least, be neutral. It cannot be overstated how much of an affect our demeanor has on those we interact with. This remaining the case, no matter who the leader is in our land, now or a hundred years from now.
Ever noticed the affect a clerk, waiter or a doctor has on us – who was making sure well to carry their misery on their shoulders? In contrast, ever noticed how a warm smile from a stranger brightened your day? Our demeanor affects everyone we cross paths with. Making real efforts here changes our world immeasurably.
Be patient. Ever stood in a grocery line with someone who wanted to make it completely apparent to everyone else how irritated they were? Ever had to deal with a driver and their road rage? Ever seen hurtful words exchanged? Was either party devoid of anger when this took place?
Working on our temper is one of the greatest things we can do for our family, friends, neighbors: the world.
Volunteer. This is a great way to directly affect those in your back yard. The kind of things you can do here are endless. You can build houses for low income families. You can be a mentor to a young boy or girl who could really benefit from it. You can help a food bank organize food for distribution to those in need. In short, you can do anything and everything that resonates with you.
It’s good to be mindful and active in what happens to people outside of our closest zone of influence and to our prospecting leaders.
Let us not delude ourselves to the reality that we and our actions are just as big a part of the world as anything else.
Brought to you by Day 2 of Halloweelection