How To Change the World in 3 Simple Steps
"Dad, how can one person change the world? It's really big and there are lots of people. I don't see how I can make the world better." Lia asked.
We were driving home from a baseball game when she asked me. It kind of caught me off guard so I took a few moments to think about how to respond to a question as big as changing the world.
I hear you, Lia. Changing the world can seem like such a hard task. You hear incredible stories about doctors curing diseases, scientists making incredible inventions to change the environment, it's easy to think what you choose to do in your life might not compare to what those people are doing. But here's the thing.
We all have gifts to offer the world. We're all born with something that fills us up with the good feelings inside, something that gives us a purpose to get out of bed every morning and will effect others in a positive way as well.
To change the world, you only have to do a few things...
1. Be kind + brave.
2. Show up + share your gifts.
It takes bravery to show up and offer your whole heart to the world. It takes kindness to want to better the world in the first place. It takes bravery to say to the world, here I am, this is what I have to give. Some people might laugh at you, but we can't control the actions of others. We can only continue to be brave and show up.
You know how I write my letters and leave them all over? You know how I make art and cards and journals and stuff for others to use to enrich the lives of people they love? That's my way of changing the world. My purpose is not to make the world a better place on a grand scale like those doctors and scientists. My purpose is to help others know they're loved no matter what. My purpose is to help people know they matter. My purpose is to help people keep going, even when they feel like stopping. My purpose helps other people change the world on a smaller scale. And if we're all focusing on changing the world on a smaller scale, we'll slowly begin to see the world changing on a massive scale.
You know those times when I might be sad or upset and you come and sit with me? When you give those hugs you're so good at and you sit with me and tell me how much you love me...how good of a dad you think I am. When you take the time to sit with another when they might be feeling pain you're making the world a better place as well. Because you're changing MY world for the better. You're creating a ripple effect of goodness. It started with you, you passed it on to me, then I'll keep the ripple going with my gifts and so on. That takes bravery and kindness as well.
I know it can all seem so overwhelming, but once you realize that with a heart full of love, bravery to keep showing up and sharing what you have to offer will make the lives of the people you come into contact with better. To change the world, we must believe that.