Mahatma Gandhi said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
After reading yesterday about the recent events that happened in Charlottesville, I was to say the least devastated: ‘More violence, more hate, what is this world coming to?!‘ In the moment, I started to feel discouraged, like my mission for doing good was only become tougher. I felt scared, like this world was becoming more dangerous every minute. Then I turned my mind to focus on all the negative things that happened during the event. One negative thought led to another in my mind. By the time I had finished with my thoughts I noticed something that really shocked me: The last few minutes of thoughts weren’t even about the event. I was thinking about other negative events that were only vaguely similar. I literally stacked my negativity with other negativity without even realizing it.
What’s the lesson here? There’s no doubt, there’s a lot of evil in this world. If you don’t know it by now, you can certainly find out quickly. Turn on the news, listen to the latest gossip, or read about the millions of people who continue to live in poverty today. To find these problems and focus on these problems is very easy to do. It then becomes even easier for you to conclude that the world is simply a horrible and awful place.
But I’m here to say no. It’s not so black and white. There’s a lot of good in this world, good that is not reported on or spoken about on a daily basis. The challenge is finding it and seeing it for yourself. It’s there; I see it every day! If I don’t, I sure make sure I find it. That is where I have taught myself to stack my positivity with other positivity.
Again, doing this is no easy task. There’s greater trends in our society of negativity over positivity, conformity over individuality, hate over love, generalizing over understanding, greed over gratitude. In other words, this teaching is not in our favor. At times, all this can feel overwhelming, defeating, and hopeless to even think about trying to make a difference anymore. But instead of focusing on all the problems, we need to focus more on the solutions.
I’m telling you, all my readers, that yes YOU can make a difference even if you think it seems futile now. If you don’t think you can, at least remember that it’s possible! If no one else will do it, YOU be the change!