Change Your World to Change the World

How often have you heard people say that one person cannot make a difference?  My vote does not matter, and the outcome of the election will not change if I fail to show up at the polls.  I could pick up the plastic bottle another hiker left on the trail, but someone else will just end up dropping their food wrappers there anyway.  The world is full of angry, bitter people, so why should I bother to continue practicing acts of kindness?  I cannot change the world.

Stop right there.  Yes, you can.  You can change the world.  Granted, it may not be on a grand, global scale, though if you choose to go that far no one can stop you.  I implore you to believe in your own power.  I ask you to trust in your own ability.  Change your world, and you will change the world.

You may find yourself asking, “How can I possibly make a difference in the world? How can my actions change things?”  You can trigger change in the world by starting with your world.  Each new day provides you with the opportunity to make an impact.  You simply need to allow yourself to acknowledge this power.  Let yourself be amazing today.

Your words, and your actions, influence those around you.  You may not even be aware of this when it happens, but I promise you it does happen.  Whether that influence is positive or negative is up to you.  Will you do something to improve your world, thus improving the world at large?

Let me give you an example.  About a month ago I read this post titled “Stuff” by A Momma’s View about society’s drive for consumption and its impact on the environment.  I was struck by how she put things into perspective in that if we all do our part we can collectively make a difference.  Since reading the post I am more cognizant of using less and re-using more.  So you see, her circle overlapped with my circle to create change.  She was compelled to write on this topic, and that action initiated my future actions to waste less.  In fact, A Momma’s View was inspired to write her post after reading another blogger’s post on a similar subject.  This caused yet another overlapping of circles of influence and created a chain reaction of action.  It is a beautiful thing to see at work, no?

There are simple ways you can kickstart change every day.  You can start a cycle of kindness with just a few words.  The next time you are at the store, be sure to offer a warm smile and a pleasant greeting to the cashier.  If the person in line behind you only has a handful of items offer them your spot in line.  If your waitperson does a great job, take a moment to speak with his manager and compliment him accordingly.  I can guarantee that at least one, if not all, of these people will register and appreciate your kind actions.  It is likely that they may pay those actions forward by treating the next person they encounter in a similar way.  Voila!  You have just started a domino effect of kindness, and who knows how far it will travel!  Congratulations, my friend, by changing your world you have just changed the world.

Think of the ocean.  Imagine that you are a drop of water in the ocean.  Feeling pretty small, right?  But what if you were removed, and there was one less drop in that ocean.  Then the next drop was removed, and so forth.  Take away enough drops and eventually that ocean is gone.  We may be but a drop in the ocean, but without each drop it would be nothing more than barren land.  Together, drop by drop, we can create an ocean of change.

How have you changed your world, thus changing the world at large?  What steps have you taken to create positive change?  As always, I welcome and encourage your comments and feedback. Cheers! Karen

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35 thoughts on “Change Your World to Change the World

  1. A great post! I do little things like pick up litter as I go along. There was a used coffee cup on our road for a week and even the neighbour whose house it was by didn’t bother picking it up, so I did in the end. It doesn’t take much to make a little bit of a difference. #WeekendBlogHop

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  2. I think a compliment goes a long way, just telling someone their hair looks nice, or you like their shirt or something, makes them feel good. Their good mood impacts on another person and so on. Oh and of course reblogging. Lots of new people can get to read someone’s post and enjoy it! 🙂 That’s what I have done with this!

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  3. I love to read posts that promote positivity and this post certainly does that! I especially liked the analogy about drops in the ocean – very powerful image. I agree with you, a little bit of kindness goes a long way and if everyone thought like that, the world would be a much better place.

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  4. Great post! And so true. The journey of a thousand miles really does begin with a single step, one life can make a difference, and a little act of kindness can change or even save a life. Good reminder going into the weekend!

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  5. Love this! Sometimes it’s a struggle to always be positive. I just remind myself that I am not the only person in the world and my actions affect others. I truly believe we are all in this world at a specific time with a specific person doing a specific thing to make a difference however small it is. I would like to think my “unrealistic positive views of the world” (so I’ve been told) have helped some of the pessimists I have had in my life. Happy Friday to you Karen! You just made the beginning of my weekend even more fabulous! thank you!

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    • I am sure that your positive views have indeed made a positive impact. We can’t let the naysayers get us down, and we will keep on spreading good vibes! Happy weekend to you, and I can’t wait to read about your next CA adventure. 🙂

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  6. So true!! We can elicit change in our own lives, spreading kindness and goodness within our circles … As you so rightly say, this will cause a ripple effect that will then impact the greater circles beyond our immediate reach:)
    Thank you for posting this important message! Very well-written…
    Happy weekend!

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  7. I loved the analogy in A Bug’s Life (yes, I’m a big kid – what of it?) where the main baddy (Hopper) is talking about the ants rebelling. It illustrates just how one person (in this case an ant) can change the world.

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  8. Such a great post for me to read now!!! Valentine’s Day is coming up and rather than always scoffing at it being a Hallmark Holiday I realize many of my newly divorced or widowed friends don’t Look at it that way and are feeling the loss. I have decided I will anonymously leave them each a floral bouquet on Feb 14th. Thanks for the confirmation this is the right thing to do!!

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  9. ” We may be but a drop in the ocean, but without each drop it would be nothing more than barren land.” This is so true! No man or women is an island. I’m so tired of people who won’t do something because nobody else will! Hopefully you have inspired some more people with this post 🙂

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