There is a reason why this quote is incessantly referenced throughout the internet, books, and movies. How often have you heard, why can’t certain circumstances be like this, or why can’t he/she do that? This statement is recited more times than not, but what does it mean.
We must first understand that each and every one of us is a foundation. We are a house, a building, a cathedral, forever growing and changing. However, we tend to take more notice in the changes, and weaknesses of others domiciles and little notice in ours. The festering question of what’s wrong with this person or situation, and or when will or why someone can’t do something to change it, begins to ponder in our minds. Some individuals may continue to move through their journey in life without fully recognizing that they can be that change.
To be the change we must first look within our foundation….ourselves, and ask, what change are we looking for, and do I demonstrate the change that I desperately seek. If we seek more pleasant and kinder individuals, ask yourself “Am I”, if not, then be the change.
If there is a change that we want to make within a certain situation; individuals at our school, co- workers at our job, or youth at risk in our communities, then understand that your foundation can be that change. Don’t sit back and wait on others do it, when it can start with one person…YOU.
When one person dedicates a small amount of time a week to be a change in a situation or someone’s life, it likely becomes a domino effect, with the recipient of that change now having the motivation to be the change for another individual or situation.
There are times in which we think our current circumstance will not allow us to be the change. Some may believe they are not educated enough or wealthy enough , when in fact, whatever level they are at today, is just enough to give to someone else. For example, if you are a high school student wanting to see a change in the world, then volunteer at a middle school or an organization that supports students within the middle school age range. You’ve already completed your middle school studies, so you’re well equipped to handle this task. This is likewise for middle school students. There are plenty of children who are younger than you in organizations such as foster homes, who would love to have a youth read a Disney Book to them. Research these organizations within your community, and make it a family event with your parents.
Lastly we may not all be prepared with finances to pour into organizations, but we each may have the muscles to build and/or paint a home, the voice to read a book, and the hands to pour food at a local charitable community throughout the year, and holiday seasons.
Each of us, no matter what stage in our life is equipped with enough tools to be a positive change in this world.
BE THE CHANGE