I left off by addressing the Class of 2015 specifically and encouraging them to declare their independence. Graduation is a time in life when we feel like we can conquer the world. There are years of education, experience and growth behind us and we feel accomplished. Ready now to go forth and change the world.
Now let me say, changing the world is not just for grads, we all have the power to make changes that affect the world – any age, any circumstance, anytime. This sounds like a pretty daunting task, and if each of us tried to change all the wrong in the world by ourselves, it would be. However we are all part of a collective, so why not use that to our advantage to succeed in our mission for change.
The way I see it the world could stand a bit more kindness, a lot more tolerance and most of all love. Every time one person gives more of one of these things the world has been changed. The energy of the world has shifted…for the better.
That may sound a little farfetched, but picture it this way. If you fill a sink with water and let it sit for a moment, it will be still. If you add one drop of water it will create a ripple effect and you will see movement of rings in the water. Now picture the world as the water in the sink and you as the drop that creates movement. You see, if you do one thing that offers kindness, tolerance or love to the world, you have changed it. You may not always see the results of your action, but know that you have made a positive change for both you and the recipient of your gift. For each person you offer something positive, they will pay it forward and do the same for someone else. Just as the rings in the water multiply and enlarge, so will the kindness, tolerance and love you give to the world.
I challenge you to perform one act of kindness, tolerance or love each day without any expectation of reward and I promise that you will change your world and the world around you.
Please write and tell me how you’re changing the world. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Always do you,