What impact are you having as you run through this rat race of a life? Are you doing anything meaningful or just going from day-to-day without making this a better place to live? In essence, what are you doing to change the world?
Nothing will get better unless people take the right actions to make the right changes. We all have the responsibility to leave the world a better place. We should not be allowed to be born, live, die and have had no impact on the world. We need to do something.
What can you do to change the world? I’ll tell you. You can do so many things to make the world a better place. It has been said that no one will change until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change. Should we have to wait for that pain to set in before we make things better? No. Change the following and you will change the world.
The U.S. Army would be disappointed in you. You have not been all you can be. You can be so much more. No, I’m not even addressing the financial aspects of your life. Money and wealth doesn’t matter in the long scheme of things.
You can change your attitude. You can change your outlook on life. You can smile more. You can exercise. You can begin eating healthy. You can find God.
You can do so much to make you better. What is holding you back from doing these things? It’s comfortable staying the same isn’t it? It’s easier to go through life complaining about how bad things are than it is to change your attitude about things. It’s easier to carry those extra 20 pounds around with you rather than change your eating and exercise habits. Come on. Make YOU better!
Do unto others
The “Golden Rule” states to do unto other as you would have them do unto you. It does not state to treat others the way you are treated. Do you treat others as you treat your family?
What have you done recently that had a positive impact on someone outside your family? You will go out of your way to make sure your child has the coolest lunchbox for the first day of school. What about that kid that can’t even afford lunch?
You will wait in line for 20 minutes and pay five bucks for that foo foo latte from the coffee place but you won’t stop for one minute and give the homeless person on the street a dollar.
Look for opportunities to do good. Most good things are inconsequential to you but make a world of difference to those to whom you do them. Opportunities are all around you if you stop looking inward and start looking around you. Make others better!
I’m not a tree-hugger by any means. I like a fire in the fireplace in the winter. I drink from plastic water bottles. But, I don’t ignore the opportunities to not destroy the earth. When I can recycle, I do. When I can walk, I walk. Do you?
Think about how much trash you produce on a daily basis. I’m just as guilty so I’m talking to me too. How many items of trash do you throw away before you even leave the house for work in the morning? Probably at least 10 items. Is it necessary to throw all that away. Can any of it be recycled. Does it drive you nuts when you see a plastic recyclable package in the trash instead of in the recycle bin? Pick it up and put it in its right place.
Reduce how much you drive by batching your stops into one trip. Don’t warm up or cool down the car for as long as normal before getting in. Take a shorter shower. Opportunities abound to slow the current pattern of destroying the world. Make the environment better!
Our youth in this world are at an advantage from a technology perspective. However, that same technology may be their downfall. There is such a reliance on technology that youth (and some people not so young) have difficulty talking face to face. They can talk with their thumbs, i.e., texting, faster than they can speak.
What can you do to make prepare our youth for their futures? You can talk with them. Find an aspiring and motivated youngster and become a mentor. Find an unmotivated kid and motivate him. You can do so much for their futures and it’s the little things that will have the greatest impact.
Most of all, be a good example. If you use foul language, the children around you will too. If you smoke and/or drink alcohol, the youth around you will do it too. In most cases, they will adopt your same habits. Change your habits to those that are positive so those you influence will emulate you in good ways.
What do you want your legacy to be when you die? Do you want your obituary to read like most? Or, do you want it to be extraordinary? What do you want that “dash” between your birth date and your death date to mean? Hopefully, you want it to have had a positive impact on the world.
Leave a comment below about the positive things you are doing with your life. Let everyone know who you are impacting in a positive way. Let’s spread a positive message and change the world.