Monday, 3 November 2008

A smile at a time

A friend told me yesterday that you can never over-estimate your power to change the world, but you can nullify it by choosing to ignore it. Everyone has the ability, if only they use it. And you know what? I think believe him. So, I want to change the world, even if it's only the world around me at first.

If you meet a stranger and smile, make their day that little bit brighter, it might spread. Ripple effect. If you can climb above the bare minimum requirements when talking to whoever you come into contact with throughout your day, and see real people instead of faceless figures milling about around you. If you can over-ride your bad mood and not take it out on those you talk to. If you can notice a person who feels invisible, look at them and see good things that others might not bother to see, and reflect these things back to them. If you can show them that you believe in them, or, even more importantly, show them that they can believe in themselves, that they're capable of more than they might realise. If you can do any of these simple little things you will have done something great, and just maybe the person you touched will pass it on to the next person they meet.

To change the world, you have to begin with the people living in it. Without happy people even the most beautiful surroundings and greatest wealth are useless, but with people who are satisfied in themselves and in each other there can be happiness in the most difficult of situations.

I have hopes and dreams of things to do in the future, but for now I'm starting small. I'll change the world just a little at a time. Care to join me?

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