Jordan Blake Michiels once said "It's not just about being here, it's about leaving the world a better place because I was here." I am currently working my way through a lifetime journal book which asks thought provoking questions such as this one. Will I leave the world a better place than when I arrived? When I first began to mull over this simple yet complicated question my immediate reaction was yes, of course I will. Followed by a small voice of self doubt adding "how on earth can you make this world a better place?"
I got quite caught up in thoughts and ideas when I started to consider how. I'm a pretty responsible cat lady who re-cycles (most of the time), grows her own vegetables (sometimes) and turns the tap off when she brushes her teeth (always). But those are little things, tiny things in comparison with the huge accomplishments that can be achieved in making this crazy world we live in a better place. We must start somewhere, all greatness comes from a small (often metaphorical) seed, which eventually could grow into something life changing. We all know what we should be doing to conserve the earth but what about making it a better place?
How can one person make this world a better place?
Maybe it's as simple as little, sometimes unnoticed acts of kindness? I think that's quite a good place to start. An act of kindness will undoubtedly change not only your own mood but the other person's/people's moods instantly, this could possibly change the course of their day. If we're really going to get into it, it could change the course of a lifetime.
Maybe it's about less judgement, in all matters. If you meditate everyday, do yoga, constantly give, stick to a plant based diet and follow an environmentally friendly way of living it doesn't mean you should judge those that don't. It doesn't make you a better person than anyone else on this planet. We are all different, instead of judging others, maybe the secret is to embrace and appreciate those differences.
Maybe it's about treating others as equals, we all have core values but if someone's aren't the same as yours it doesn't make them wrong.
Maybe it's about unconditional love. To love unconditionally, in my opinion, is the greatest love of all. Not just your partner, children or parents but your friends too. Be forgiving, accepting and love no matter what. Be open about your feelings and remind those you care about how much they mean to you as often as you can.
Maybe it's about being grateful for what we have in our lives, no matter how small.
Maybe it's about being positive, even in situations where the glass really does seem half full.
Maybe it's about instilling great core values in future generations.
Maybe it's about being aware of just how short life is, by saying yes more and being all that you want to be. If everyone were to be all that they wish to be I think the world would be a better place.
If a smile is contagious maybe these small gestures could be too. Maybe they could change the world.