We live in a crazy world today. People do things and allow things that make absolutely no sense at all. It is very difficult to understand. Why? That is the preeminent question. I watch the news – probably too much. Maybe you do too. The important stuff that happens will find it’s way to us whether we watch for it or not. I look for the opinions of others, and for the stuff behind the headlines that we generally would not hear about. But given that….Where is the benefit of wallowing in all the negative, troubling nastiness of the world. Because that’s what we do mostly. It generates nightmares, ulcers, anxiety and stress in so many of us.
But where is the benefit of it all? Oh, if it spurs you to take action and be a participant in the future instead of someone who is just riding along, more power to you. You are the rare one and I thank God for you and those like you. You are on the extreme minority.
Most of the world believes that they can not affect the bigger issues, so they don’t try. Let’s face it, you can really make yourself nuts trying to figure out how to “change the world.” Reading books like Acres of Diamonds we can learn a simple truth that can save us from that pressure. Learn to accept the things you can’t change and understand the things that we can. That’s the hard news. I learned it as an adult of about 35, imagine if we could help the rest of the world to “get it?”
Some twenty years ago I picked up a little 32 page booklet titled, “How to Change Others.” I figured that was the way to fix the world and my personal challenges. That booklet taught me exactly what I needed to learn. Here’s the ticket – you can’t change others! You can only change yourself, but in doing so…you can thereby change others!
We each have a circle of influence. That circle includes family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, professionals we deal with (doctors, dentists, accountants) etc. etc. etc. The average adult knows about 300 people by name in their day to day life. By working steadily to become better people and then be better influences as we change ourselves – we WILL change others. And through that cascading effect, we change the world. In reality it is a simple process.
Want a more caring world? Become the most caring person you know. Horrified by the amount of dishonesty in society at every level? Take control of what you say and do. Tell the truth or be quiet, and no lies by omission either. Changing the world comes down to the concept of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, an unpopular doctrine today. When we stop shifting the blame and start carrying our fair share of the weight, we slowly become the person others look up to. Leaders rather than followers. Shepherds rather than sheep. You see, the future is genuinely in our own hands.
Great teachers were first great students. Be a Student of Winning.