What can you do to make a difference in the world? Have you been waiting
for that moment when you can create change and do something positive to
help others? Well, I’m here to tell you that moment is now. Not
to get overly metaphysical here, but regretting the past and dreaming
about the future in lieu of doing something in the present would seem
to result in a sedentary dreamer with regrets. If you are waiting for
one specific moment to change the world, you already missed the chance.
The good news is that you will likely have many more opportunities to
create change during the rest of your life.
Maybe the better question is to ask: what is the “world” in
which I can make a difference? I’ve observed that many people believe
you need to be a Ray Croc, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, or Mother Teresa
in order to create change. Why is that? Maybe it’s the belief that
if a person is going to make a difference in the world, that person must
actually affect the whole world – but nothing could be further from
the truth. I ask: What is the “world” with which you interact?
Isn’t it your family, neighbors, work, e-mails, text messages, postings,
friends, your faith, and community? There are blatant opportunities to
make a positive difference in the lives of people with whom you interact
and communicate –
every single day. Here’s one suggestion. It’s inexpensive and yet, one of the
most powerful actions you can take. Try a smile and a square look into
the eyes of the person with whom you’re speaking and say something
nice about them, or about what they’re wearing, or at least wish
that person a good day and I’ll bet you the nice thing that you
said (along with the look and the smile) will make that other person feel
better than they did before. Here’s that idea once again in two
be nice.” It doesn’t cost anything. And presto, you have made a positive
difference in someone’s world.
That’s just the beginning. Do you contribute to your community, your
place of worship, make donations, help your neighbors or give your time
to those who need it? Any one of these actions could make a difference
but the trick of it is the actual doing of things that make a positive
difference in this world. It’s not sleight of hand or silver of
the tongue; it’s the actions that speak louder than words.
Notably, there’s not an actual obligation to create positive change.
That’s one of the wonderful freedoms we have as Americans. In my
humble observation, it does seem that charity and goodwill is currently
in short supply and subject to seasonal fluctuations, respectively. Granted,
people have noble aspirations to change the whole world for the better,
but maybe for today it would be a little easier for a person to make a
difference by taking the action of being the next good Samaritan rather
than passively dreaming of being the next Mahatma Gandhi.
Like it or not as a member of society, during your lifetime, you will effect
change in your family, local community and through your daily interactions.
When everything is stripped away and health is the only thing a person
has left to value, most people would prefer to reflect upon their lives
with appreciation and not regret. Death visits every family and the transitions,
though painful, can either leave behind an unplanned mess for the grieving
family or a worthwhile legacy for generations to come. Good or bad you
will leave behind some sort of legacy. What will it be? The choice is yours.
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