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Let’s Change the World: What Can One Person Do?

97px-tall_flameEvery morning I set my intention for the day and it is always the same – that I might do whatever is in my power today to make the world a better place. It feels important to me that change starts with each of us individually. But this doesn’t mean that we have to try to change the world on our own. Instead our challenge is to work out what we each can do and then do our part as well as we can.

And who knows, maybe we won’t make that huge a difference to the whole world, but if we are having a go then I hope that we can be at peace knowing that we are doing what we can.

 

So if you are looking for some tips here’s my top 10 ideas for how we might all start to do our bit to change the world.

 

1. Be kind and compassionate to yourself today – and then be kind to someone else as well.

 

2. Find out what it is that you are passionate about. What are the issues in society that really fire you up and that you would like to change. Then find a way of getting involved. It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment, just something that you can achieve.

 

3. Use social media – sign some petitions, get regular updates from some of the reputable sites on human rights and social justice. And don’t be afraid to add comments to these sites – it’s a really important way to have your say.

 

4. Get to know your community. Find out what the issues are both socially and environmentally and what you might be able to do.

 

5. Think about your relationships with others, especially the judgements that you might have and the social stereotypes you might have taken on. We all have them because we’ve all been socialised in the same way. But if we become aware of them then we can change them. Awareness is the key.

 

6. Educate and inform yourself about important social issues. Read some things and stimulate your brain to think critically about our world and how we live.

 

7. Get your book club to focus on non-fiction books rather than fiction books every once in awhile. Pick some books that will expand your thoughts and share and learn from each other as you discuss them.

 

8. Get to know some people who have different views than you and practice learning from each other without judgement – and celebrate your differences.

 

9. Learn something new about the world every week (or every day if you’re keen and have lots of spare time). Become curious about your world and the things you take for granted.

 

10. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. It might be hard but it’s usually the right thing to do. It doesn’t have to be confrontational – we can learn to express our ideas sensitively and respectfully. There is integrity in doing this – even if it’s scary (but never if it’s unsafe), do it anyway because it’s the right thing to do.

 

And of course, get involved in WITADA – write down some ideas about things you have tried or things you would like to see changed and send them to us. Or write your WITADA – what you think and dream about – and share it with us so that your story can inspire others.

 

Here’s to changing the world together!
Jenny