I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you have probably heard the quote “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi. I, for one, see this quote everywhere. It frequents books, blogs, Facebook status updates, tweets, and heck, I’ve even seen it on bumper stickers. Although this phrase is a popular and powerful one, what exactly is Gandhi implying? How can we be the change we wish to see in the world? Well, here are my thoughts:
Imagine the ways you wish people acted or behaved differently. Ponder the various things people could do to make this world a better place. Think about what you really want more or less of in this big world of ours. Then ask yourself, “What am I doing to contribute to it?” We must first change within to see changes outside of ourselves. Think about it…
Want more joy in the world? Be more joyful.
Want less hate in the world? Hate less.
Want healthier people in the world? Be healthier.
Want less anger in the world? Be less angry.
Want more smiles in the world? Smile more.
Want the world to be educated on something? Educate them.
Want the world to be different? Make a difference.
Even on a smaller scale, for things as simple as “I wish my significant other worked out and ate healthier” or “I wish my co-workers were more positive” or “I wish my mom would put in more of an effort with our relationship”, are you doing these things? You can’t expect something from others than you aren’t doing yourself.
To be the change we wish to see in the world, we must lead by example. We must stand tall and lead with kindness, gratitude, grace, and confidence. Doing so can help make this world a better place and will inspire others to lead great lives.
Today, I want you to ponder: How am I leading my life by example? Where you lead, others will follow.