You want to make the world a better place right? Well, there is one simple way of doing this, be the change you want to see in the world. If you live your life according to the Golden Rule, this is the best way of making a difference without infringing upon someone else’s rights.
I Want To Change The World
The whole reason you are finding this material to read is because I want to change the world and do my part to make it a better place. I have learned in my life though that I cannot force change upon anyone else. If I truly want someone to change the best thing that I can do is to be a positive example for them. This shows them the benefits of my actions and allows for me to keep my Karma clean at the same time.
Too often many of us will fall into the trap of trying to change other people’s behaviors with a hands on approach. This can easily lead to conflict between the two parties as well as only reinforcing their current behaviors now that they became defensive about them. By being a good role model though for others around you, you lessen the chances of them being defensive and create a much better chance of opening their eyes to another path.
Being the Change
Humanity works off of scale like system, meaning that the more there is of something the more likely it is to rise and take the spotlight. Many people wonder why today’s world is slipping into one of violence and sex. Well you don’t have to look far to see why those things are becoming prevalent, just look on TV or scroll down through your favorite social media and you will see why.
More recently I have started to see a change in my social media as I have un-liked and blocked things that I just don’t want to see anymore. Add in that I now follow more things that I would want to see as well as post things that are aligned with my more positive point of view. I am being the change.
So if you want to see a world that is more loving, you need to be more loving. If you want to see less violence, then you need to be more forgiving. We get trapped in these cycles of violence and other bad behaviors, but when we chose to break those circles is when we truly show enlightenment.
A Detailed Example
To help get my message across here I would like to share a story with you of how I took a negative situation and with my positive example I changed it to a positive situation.
“I used to work in the mobile phone industry a few years ago and one night while working at our kiosk in the mall I was confronted with a very negative situation.
A gentleman walked up to the kiosk and told me that his phone was not working properly. The smell of alcohol on him was very strong and he was not happy at all. As he explained his problem, with an attitude, I stayed positive and smiled the whole time. Then I took his phone and went over to a computer where I knew how to fix it.
While I was fixing it he proceeded to mess up all of our business cards and otherwise clutter our front counter. Alas though, I ignored the bad behavior and continued to fix his phone for him.
When I was done I took it back to him and we did some tests to make sure that it was working properly for him and it was. I will never forget what happened next as his stare went from his phone to me and he said, “I’m sorry. I have been nothing but an <Bleep> and all you did was fix my phone for me.” He even stuffed a $20 bill in my shirt pocket as a tip (after I refused to take it willingly)”
As you can see here I wanted to live in a world with more respect and when faced with someone disrespectful I had a choice to make. I made a conscious choice to be the change that I wanted to see in the world and not let his negativity drag me down. By the end of the transaction my positivity had overcome his negativity and a change for the better happened for him.
This was one of those big life moments for me where I was able to learn myself through my own example. As I said this is one of those things that will stick with me forever as a reminder to myself to be the change and to stick with my ethics. I can only hope that this gentleman too took what he learned and used it to create a better life for himself moving on.
What Changes Do You Want to See?
Now that we have discussed the basics here, I would love to hear what positive changes you would like to make in the world and what examples you are setting to make it happen. Remember the more positive examples that we can bring to this world the better chances are that they will rise and take the spotlight. Please use the comment section below to tell us all what you are doing and how you are going about it!
James W D