The way we change the world is by changing ourselves in a million little ways…that is the limit of our power.
It sounds stupid, I know. But most people spend so much of the little energy they have trying to force others to behave in ways they find acceptable, or right, or comforting. But all of those others have free will just like I do. And you.
So we shift our perspective from a negative outlook to a slightly less negative one.
Because of this, we feel more comfortable in our skin.
Maybe we decide to work on making eye contact. Maybe we work on verbally acknowledging others. We notice Sally’s haircut and comment on how nice it looks. We are impressed by Bob’s presentation and we let him know.
We don’t have to expend energy trying to force others to bend at our will, because we are adding to the stream of life, instead of taking.
No one had even mentioned Sally’s haircut, and we have made her day. Now HER perspective is improved.
Bob was terrified to present at the division meeting. When we compliment his effort, he can finally relax. He decides to see if the new intern has any questions he can help out with.
I love your article. When we change ourselves, choose to approach the world as givers, meet hatred with compassion…we do change the world.
Because how else does love spread but one person at a time?