In my own experience of life I have had many thoughts, I have seen wrongs that should be righted, seen mountains that should be climbed, but all too often I left those thoughts in the cavernous recesses of my mind, to flee from reality and be replaced with the more friendly, warm and meaningless images that modern television provided. There is a solace I took in at least having the thought that what I was observing is wrong, and someone should do something about it. I never really wanted to connect to the idea that I was someone. Action can be taken at any time and will provide those who take it with many adventures, and interesting ideas about life. Inventions will be invented, books will be written, and knowledge will be gained as soon as you decide to take action. The best thing about it is that anyone, as far as I know, is capable of doing it.
Many people have the ability to do great things, and to think great thoughts about how the world should be run or how industry could be different, or perhaps how we should treat each other but very few actually possess the capacity to take action on those thoughts and make them a reality. Too often we want to leave the chores to somebody and conveniently forget that,well, we are somebody. Why not us? Why don’t we take the action and make the change. In our own lives first and in the lives of others second.
Gandhi was just a man living in India, who saw racial injustice, and foreign control. He specialized in organizing non-violent protests that raised awareness of his cause and won the support of the world onto his side. Gandhi has been one of the most often quoted human beings from the 20th Century, and one of my favorites is “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Meaning that if you want something to be different then act like that yourself.
Some will read this and think that they don’t want to change the world, or that they don’t want to lead a revolution. That is fine, not everyone was cut out for that type of life, but is anyone too busy or too meek to institute action in their lives that will provide a positive
change for someone? One of the greatest actions that a person can take is to perform an act of kindness. This doesn’t have to cost money, it doesn’t even have to take a lot of time, it simply has to be kind and thoughtful. A hello and a smile to someone who is feeling like nobody cares can buoy their soul for an entire day. Giving someone a sincere compliment can make them feel better about the way things are going. All of these acts which are quite small in the large scheme of things can be done by you, every day. And without you they will remain undone. The person, who receives the compliment, will continue to be sad, the person who needed a smile will be going without that human comfort, and your small actions can make a huge difference in the life of someone else.
When you move through your day and you see an opportunity to make the world a little better place, you can be the change, and take action. One small, seemingly trivial act of kindness could in the most severe cases save a life or in the very least make life a lot more pleasant for everyone you come in contact with and most importantly to yourself.