One thing I always wanted to do while growing up was to change the world. I did not know how or when but I wanted to change the world. Back when I was 16 years old, the world was full of possibilities and opportunities and I had this wild ambition.
As I got older, slowly the realization set in that the world is complicated and there are far too many issues to try and solve. People also seem to have great enthusiasm but how to sustain it? They feel that it is futile to try and change the world because there are too many issues and their doing something can not cause meaningful change. I started to realize that my vision to change the world was not going to happen. I can not do this on my own. Dejected I went forward and thought that I should still do something. I can not and will not just sit on the sidelines. I decided to roll up my sleeves and just do.
A number of years ago, I had a pivotal moment that changed my thinking and allowed me to change the world. The best part is that it is also in any one’s capacity as well. What I was trying to do was to change the world through my eyes. When I started to focus on the issue and what I can do over my view of trying to change the world, change happened. I started to dedicate my time, effort and energy to help others. It did not matter who they were, it did not matter how old they were and it did not matter where they were from. I decided to be present in their journey. If they wanted to speak about their career, well-being or personal development, I was a willing ear. I did not tell people what to do but that I was going to be on their journey.
My realization about change came to me when I helped an individual whose life had spiraled down and he questioned his world and how it had come apart. All I did was to sit, listen and share. I also helped in any way I could. Years later I ran into him and things had changed and he said that his world was now much better and that he appreciated the time I spent with him when life was not in order. Now I did not change his life, I just spent time trying to help in any way I could. In this situation, I did not change the world through my eyes but what I did was to support change in his world and through his eyes the world now looked different. I then understood that rather than changing the world through my eyes, what I need to do is be helpful and present with others and be content to change the world through the eyes of those around me. See, through this person’s eyes, the world is now different so I have changed the world in some respect.
You may not realize it but you have probably already touched someone’s life and changed their view of their world. You have changed the world! I now go through life changing the world but not through my eyes but through the eyes of those I help. I will now change the world one person at a time and so will you.
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