Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi believed that we must be the change we want to see in the world. This was well demonstrated when he helped India gain its independence. Gandhi was a revolutionary man, but he accomplished India’s emergence as a nation without starting a revolution. In fact, he advocated no violence. One of the most powerful countries in the world yielded to the commitment of one man and the dream of millions.
What change can we effect? What’s the difference we want to make in the world?
Gandhi said, “In a gentle way you can shake the world.” Here are some things to think about how to do just that …
1. Know that all significant change throughout history has occurred not because of nations, armies, governments and certainly not committees. They happened as a result of the courage and commitment of individuals. People like Joan of Ark, Albert Einstein, Clara Barton, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and Rosa Parks. They might not have done it alone, but they were, without question, the change makers.
2. Believe that you have a unique purpose and potential in the world. It’s not so much something to create as to be discovered. And it’s up to you to discover it. Believe that you can and will make a difference.
3. Recognize that everything you do, every step you take, every sentence you write, every word you speak-or DON’T speak–counts. Nothing is trivial. The world may be big, but there are no small things. Everything matters.
4. To be the change you want to see in the world, you don’t have to be loud. You don’t have to be eloquent. You don’t have to be elected. You don’t even have to be particularly smart or well educated. You do, however, have to be committed.
5. Take personal responsibility. Never think “it’s not my job”. It’s a cop-out to say, “What can I do, I’m only one person.” You don’t need everyone’s cooperation or anyone’s permission to make changes. Remember this little gem, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”
6. Don’t get caught up in the how of things. If you’re clear on what you want to change and why you want to change it, the how will come. Many significant things have been left undone because someone let the problem solving interfere with the decision-making.
7. Don’t wait for things to be right in order to begin. Change is messy. Things will never be just right. Follow Teddy Roosevelt’s timeless advice, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
8. The genesis for change is awareness. We cannot change what we don’t acknowledge. Most of the time, we aren’t aware of what’s wrong or what’s not working. We don’t see what could be. By becoming more aware, we begin the process of change.
9. Take to heart these words from Albert Einstein–arguably one of the smartest change masters who ever lived: “All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
10. In order for things to change, YOU have to change. We can’t change others; we can only change ourselves. However, when WE change, it changes everything. And in doing so, we truly can be the change we want to see in the world.
The following is inscribed on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abby (1100 A.D.) …
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.
But it, too, seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
And now, as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.
From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world.
You have the power within you to create the life you want to live. You have the power to shape the world around you just by who you are being, and how you are communicating. The law of attraction, one of the fundamental aspects to living a life by design, explains that everything that is created in the outside world is the result of what takes place internally. Being the change you wish to see in the world starts with taking full responsibility for everything that is happening in your life.
As a former Soldier in the US Army. I was blessed to have visited 46 states and 47 countries. I have been blessed to have friends all around the world. I have seen just how inhumane man can be and the horror of real War. I have seen the good in us all
I have a dream. A dream of people helping people. A dream of making a difference, A dream where the poor are no more. A dream of all the children of the world have food tonight. A dream where there is no such thing as being poor. A dream where we help each other reach our goals. Where education again becomes a priority
Today more and more people are losing their jobs. More and more people are becoming homeless. More and more people are losing their children because they can not afford to feed them!
There are so many families out there that would lose it all if they lost their jobs because they are living pay check to pay check. There are so many out there that believe that they have to get up everyday and go work for someone else just to support their families!
There are so many families around the world right this minute that are starving to death. There are so many families around the world freezing to death because they have nowhere to go!
The number of children living in poverty has increased by 9 million since 2000, and the number of children who fell into poverty between 2008 and 2010 was the largest increase ever recorded.
The number of homeless children in public schools increased 41 percent between the 2006-7 and 2008-9 school years.
In 2009, an average of 15.6 million children received food stamps monthly, a 65 percent increase over 10 years.
A majority of children in all racial groups and 79 percent or more of black and Hispanic children in public schools cannot read or do math at grade level in the fourth, eighth or 12th grades.
The annual cost of center-based child care for a 4-year-old is more than the annual in-state tuition at a public four-year college in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
Of the 47 states with newly enacted budgets, 38 or more states are making deep, identifiable cuts in K-12 education, higher education, health care, or other key areas in their budgets for fiscal year 2012. Even as states face rising numbers of children enrolled in public schools, students enrolled in universities, and seniors eligible for services, the vast majority of states (37 of 44 states for which data are available) plan to spend less on services in 2012 than they spent in 2008
I Dream of a Better World. I dream of a place where all can be understood, such a place where finally a 17 yr old child doesn’t have to kill him self because he was ‘gay”.
I dream of a place where people need not be told anymore what to do, because they already know it, because finally,they’re already guided by their hearts.
I dream of a place where people can be brothers, where people can be friends, where people can be Muslim and Christian and stay to be a people of their faith
I dream of a place where people can paint the world and sing to it to songs; where all can dance when filled with joy; and where they can yell when they can no longer hold back their soul.
I dream of a place, where we all can dream, and make those dreams come true; where clouds are as soft as cotton candies, and where stars are fireflies that roam the night; where children laugh and play and run;
where wings can fly us ’round that magic sky.
Where we don’t have to worry and where don’t have to wait for a brighter tomorrow and a happier today.
Where we can all walk down life’s road in one direction, walking hand in hand, and side by side. I dream of a place
no further than a step, of a world no further than a kiss.
For this world is all we need to have if we could just forget, forgive,and believe in the future
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
— T.E. Lawrence (Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph)
I dream of this world
Since my 10-point list above was inspired by Gandhi’s belief, it seems appropriate to end with another of his quotes: “Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger and we will make not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.”