How to change the World

I was having a conversation with a colleague at work today.

Changing the World is often seen as a noble aspiration that many want to achieve but very few do. Indeed, it would be fair to say that very few people do change the World on a grand scale.

There are small things we can all do collectively: recycling, reducing our carbon footprint, donating to charity, volunteering. Making slight adjustments or giving up a little bit of our time can and does change the World as a small part of a greater whole.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”

– Margaret Mead

But you change the World on your own.

And it’s not really that hard.

The answer? Be kind and sparkle.

By this I mean those small acts of kindness: holding a door open, giving up your seat on a crowded train, smiling or saying hello to strangers in the street. Giving someone a lift, buying them coffee for no reason, being patient with people. Really listening; not just waiting until it’s your turn to speak but actually listening attentively to every word a person says.

Those small acts that don’t cost anything but make us and those around us glow, we shine and sparkle. And it’s contagious.

Being kind isn’t going to solve the World’s problems. It’s not going to stop conflict, prevent disease or eliminate poverty or famine. But it will make other people happier and that, in my mind, is changing the World.

it will make other people happier and that, in my mind, is changing the World.

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