Tuesday, March 24, 2015

7 Ways To Change The World

I have a dream that I am sure many people share, to change the world in a positive way. We talk about it, but just how much do we do to actually make it happen? It can be done, provided that we make the effort to change ourselves and how we behave towards each other. One by one, each of us can make a difference.  One small act of love begins a ripple effect that has a large impact on the world. The more ripples we create, the greater the shift to a better world.

So how do we create these ripples of positivity?

1. Random Acts of Kindness
An act of kindness does not have to be huge, like giving a large amount of money to a charity or buying a stranger's groceries. It can be something as simple as holding a door open for someone, cooking a meal for a neighbor, allowing a driver to merge in front of you, or waving your arms crazily out your car window to tell another driver who is pulling out of a driveway of a car wash that they have something stuck under their front bumper (true story). It does not necessarily mean sacrificing your own well being, but it does mean to give a little of yourself for the well being of another; and to do it selflessly.
In a relationship, the kindest thing to do is to be honest. If something upsets you, instead of burying it deep to spare the other person's feelings, allowing it to fester and be expressed indirectly; be honest about what you feel. Discuss it calmly and honestly. If someone else is being honest with you, appreciate their honesty and work with them. They are giving it to you in the kindest way they know and understand.

2. Be the Example of Love
Love is expressed in action through kindness. For every act of love, someone witnesses this action in some way and it becomes an inspiration for them. People will remember and mimic more of what you do, than what you say. Children especially, learn by our actions, considerably more than what you tell them. Be the example of love for others who are learning through your behavior. As younger generations learn about love and follow the example, the greater the hope for humanity's future becomes.

3. Accept Personal Responsibility
The one thing you have that absolutely no one can take away from you is your Free Will. You may not always like your choices, but you ALWAYS have a choice. No one can make you do or feel anything; they might be a trigger, but you have the choice to choose your actions and attitude.
Accepting personal responsibility gives you the power to direct your life. If you make a mistake, do you cast blame on others or circumstances? Or do you accept your choices and learn from your mistakes? You have the ability to choose your attitude, the actions you choose, and create the life you desire. Accept it. Know it. Own it.

4. Respect Nature
During this life, this is our planet; our home. Everything we have ever done and ever will do is because the earth has supported us, providing resources for all living beings to grow and evolve; all while maintaining a balance for all life.
Nature is pretty cool when you take the time to observe and appreciate it. From the smallest ant to the largest trees. From the oceans to the deserts. Everything has a purpose and we are part of that cycle. Enjoy, appreciate, and respect nature; preserving the earth for future generations.

5. Express Gratitude
Appreciate the little things; they make up the big things. Instead of focusing on what you do not have, focus on what you do have. If you are reading this blog, you have some sort of access to the internet, and you have access to some version of a computer to be able to view this blog; which also gives you a connection to a world full of knowledge. What else do you have to be grateful for? A place to sleep. The clothes on your back. Every bite of food you chew... feel and express your gratitude.
Once you learn to appreciate what you have, then you begin to deserve what you want. Share this gratitude with others. When you are appreciative, those feel-good emotions vibrate out. We often hear, "I'm sorry," from others. But just how often do we hear the words, "Thank you?" This phrase of gratitude has a positive impact on a person; to both the giver and the receiver. Imagine the difference of attitudes people would have with more grattitude.

6. Be a Mentor
Instead of the constant bombardment of telling someone what not to do, "Don't run. Don't scream. Don't hit. Don't worry. Don't forget." Focus on what TO do. "Slow down. Relax. Give hugs. You can do it. Remember." Just as actions speak louder than words, the action words are where the focus goes. Through focusing on what to do, you will inadvertently help those around you discover their passions, bringing out the best in them; which will also bring out the best in you.
And if nothing else, the best you can do to guide and mentor others is to be the example of love; teaching them kindness, compassion, owning up to their own actions, respect for nature, gratitude, and honesty. This will also have a more positive effect on your own attitude, health, and life.

7. Be the Authentic Self
To be the true you is the single most important thing you can do. "When you make the choice to use your mind to focus on positive perspectives, using those good values as a guide, to direct your emotions to the various extensions of love, and take actions that match what you think and feel, you will not only find yourself in a much more peaceful state of being, you will be driven by a passion that becomes an unstoppable force. You will discover a world that will open up for you in magical ways." (Read more here)
Your life experiences, the choices you make, and the attitude you have are part of shaping you mentally, emotionally, and physically. You have the choice to choose how your experiences define you. The difficult times are there to bring out your truest strengths, should you choose to work through it. When you learn to find the joy in your life, express the love in your heart, and do your best to focus on the good things, you will discover who you truly are; the authentic self. In doing so, you are the example that is giving permission for others to be themselves.

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