“Be the change you want to see in the world”, words that are usually attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. While these are wise and thoughtful words, they were not uttered by Gandhi. What he said was more along these lines:
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”
Or, put even more simply,
“You can choose to step up and shine, or sit back and whine”
Deep stuff, I know. I came up with that one. We can sit on our comfy couches with our social media and big screen tv’s and talk about the things that we want to see changed, like homelessness in our cities, the working poor and the plight of refugees. Or criticize the efforts of others to bring hope to the world. Even closer to home, we talk about our own health and fitness.
Or. We could get off those comfy couches, and put down our devices and get out there and do something. We can help those who cannot help themselves. Offer comfort to the grieving, feed the hungry and bring hope to those without hope. Less talking about giving and more contributing to the world around us.
Closer to home, the thing that I can most easily change is my own outlook on life. My own attitude and my own behaviors. Then, by doing so, maybe I can be a positive influence on others while improving the quality of my own existence and giving to others. Seems like a good to place to start.