How To Be The Change You Want To See In This World
Do you want to bring a change in this world?
What should you do to bring the change? You must have heard that insanely popular saying, 'Be the change you want to see in the world', well, it's easier said than done. Even if you have changed a little, how is the world supposed to know about it? How will your little acts make a difference?
Thanks to the Internet, that problem is solved. The very details from the flavour of your coffee to the colour of the capsicum in your pizza can be shared with the world, in a moment's notice.
The question is, how can you bring about this change?
I'll tell you what I do.
If you have been a regular reader of my blog, you must be knowing that I write for #1000Speak, like the one about the art of emphatic listening, a community that has bloggers from different parts of the world who write on various aspects of compassion, every month. I started writing for this initiative since March '15 and have been writing consistently since then.
What urges me to write about it? That feeling that if a person in distress reads what I wrote, they'll have a voice to fight that internal conflict and be compassionate, to themselves as well as others.
I know that my blog is just another blog like the million others on the internet, but what gives me the satisfaction is that even if one person reads it, and they find it in their heart to bring a change starting from themselves, my purpose would be fulfilled.
I find solace in the fact that someone, somewhere, in a distant part of this world has been inspired, has had an upliftment through the words I wrote.
We all have it in us, the capability to affect others, to bring a change, you just have to find the medium that works for you and bam! (Yeah, I know. Not the right closure, but you get the idea, right?)
1000 Speak is a wonderful initiative started by two wonderful ladies, Yvonne and Lizzi, who wondered what it would be like if 1000's of people from different parts of the world wrote on compassion on a particular day. The result was, 'a world lot more compassionate'. People from everywhere in the world enthusiastically participated in this initiative and hence, a village was formed. A village of people willing to share their stories and the moments of compassion they have experienced or are willing to experience.
I've written several posts about Compassion and it's all good but does it end here?
The most important thing here is to not just preach but to practice as well. I don't want someone to point at me and say, 'words, mere words', but it doesn't mean that everything I do should be shared with the world.
So, coming back to how you can bring a change, it all points toward one word, Compassion.
What can YOU do about it?
- You see a homeless man sleeping uncovered on the pathway on a chilly winter morning, don't miss your chance of lessening his suffering by offering him a blanket.
- You see a wounded person, rush for help rather than thinking about the legal consequences of the cause of the wound.
- You see a hungry animal or an animal in distress, don't forget to toss some food and relieve it of the pain.
- You hear of a tragedy, don't hesitate in offering your support.
- Your child makes a mistake, tell them it's okay and they won't lose you because of it. Remember that a child should never be threatened with loss of love because there is no pain deeper than the loss of losing a loved one. Nurture compassion in them.
- Your supposedly selfish friend asks for help, leave all the pre-conceptions you have and show your compassion.
- You do something that makes you loathe yourself, offer self-compassion to your soul.
- You see an animal, be it social or literal, in need of help, give yourself a chance to make someone's life better. Be compassionate to them.
Check out this beautiful video that I stumbled upon on Facebook. It explains beautifully how one compassionate event can lead to another creating a sequence of heartwarming acts:
Let's spread the love in the village, the global village! :)
Be kind to one another.
Happy Holidays, Bye Bye! :)
This post is part of #1000Speak for Compassion movement for 20th December, 2015. Last month over 1000 bloggers from all around the world spoke on Gratitude, to make a difference, however small. They spoke to affect positive change and to instill hope. To get the message out that the world still cares. Is it surprising then that it was a great success? So #1000speak is back again this month to speak about compassion with the spotlight being on 'Compassion'.