Be the change you want to see

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”~ Libba Bray

After a horrific event feelings of anguish and powerlessness lead to statements and questions like these:

What’s wrong with the world?

Why are people evil?

The world just isn’t the same.

Why do we have so much crime?

The world is coming to an end.

I can’t believe what happened.

I can understand why people react with these questions and concerns. However, history tells us that evil has been around a long time. The difference is that we have a play--play of this evil in our living rooms. No more waiting to read about them in history books. No more waiting for someone from afar to share them with you.

The stories tug at your heart as you go about your day. It’s in the air as you enjoy the warmth of family and friends. And if you’re not careful the stories can pull you into an ass of deep despair. You want to do something to promote peace but you don’t know where to start. And the dark cloud of helplessness and overwhelm envelop you.

Mother Teresa – “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

My observation

Psychologists and sociologists may have a theory as to why someone did an unspeakable act. They may offer suggestions to prevent them from happening again. Politicians may discuss new laws.  But your desire to be involved  in making the world a more peaceful place persists.

When most people think of change and making a difference, it’s more often a mission to change something that’s far removed from their inner circle. Look at your present situation – what can you do in your little world to bring about peace and harmony?

Start a movement: be the change you want to see

We are all deeply connected. Everything we do affects everyone else through our energy. Just imagine that you’re the beginning of a peace circle that will spread beyond your inner circle, beyond your community, to the world at large, one person at a time.

It’s easy to get started.

Here are some simple ways – add your suggestions.

Think Peace. Speak peace. Walk in peace. Be an example of peace.

Make peace with a family member and/or friend.

Practice the art of listening.

Make peace your default reaction.

Be patient.

Allow peace, love and harmony to be your guide.

Think love. Express love. Show love. Be love.

Stop aggressive driving. (for my Southern CA friends)

Thank others for their service.

If it doesn’t nurture, don’t say it.

If it creates discord, don’t do it.

Forgive yourself and forgive others.

Find a peaceful way to express your anger.

Stop being judgmental.

Don’t be dogmatic.

Don’t gossip.

Say hello.

Smile at someone.

Make eye contact.

Put the wheels in motion to change something in your community?

Be the change – start a movement.

It’s a wrap

Paying it forward is a phenomenon of doing a good deed for someone while expecting nothing in return. The hope is that the recipient will do the same for someone else. Someone does a good deed for me, I do a good deed for someone else, that person does a good deed for someone and the domino effect of kindness is set in motion. You can use this as an example of how to bring about the changes you want to see.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”~ Leo Tolstoy

Other resources

Choosing to create peace amidst violence


Your turn

What change do you want to see in your community or the world? How can you help bring it about?

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