Making a difference in the world
Just a thought! Do you think you can make a difference in the world?
Academia allows you the privilege of thinking you can contribute to the world with your dissertation, or being published.
For those who have not entered academia, to make an impact on the world may come a little harder.
Although I have entered academia it wasn’t until my late 40’s that I realized ‘Wait a minute, I could make an impact on the world’
Are you aware that you could have an impact on the world Blog@loveliveholistically.com No! email me and tell me why you do not have the ability to impact the world.
Here’s why you have the ability ;
1, You live on Planet earth
2, You are Human
3, Everyone has the ability
4, You have the ability to think
5, You have FREE will
We tend to think that our lot in life is to just survive:
Survive the teens
Survive and stay being Married
Survive having teens
......and just be comfortable into old age...Then curl up and hopefully die in our sleep.
That is all others expected of us
Not everyone has the need to be seen or make an impact on the world. My question to you is: Are you aware that you can make a difference in the world?
I’ve never been the type to be comfortable making up the numbers, in any situation. What do you bring to the table of this life. Well I really felt that I wasn’t sent here to give the world six children and leave. I believe that I am here to help others find and follow their passion. If I do nothing else but help some people see their potential to achieve something more than they are achieving at the moment, than i’ve done my work. What are you here to do? Blog@loveliveholistically.com
As toddlers we interact with the world around us and find it fascinating when it responds to us. Babies also explore the world around them and try to make something happen or at least interact with it.
Geraldine French and Patricia Murphy (2005), state that active learning in infants and toddlers is “the process by which they [infants and toddlers] explore the world [is] either through: observing (gazing at their hand), listening, touching (stroking an arm or bottle), reaching, grasping, mouthing, letting go, moving their bodies (kicking, turning, crawling, pulling themselves up on furniture, walking), smelling, tasting, or making things happen with objects around them (putting things in and out of boxes, stacking blocks, rolling a ball)” (p. 29)
Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework suggests, that children use their senses, their minds and their bodies to find out about and make sense of what they see, feel and experience in the world around them. They gather information and develop new skills, including thinking skills. They form ideas and theories and test these out. They refine their ideas through exploring their environment actively and through interacting and communicating with adults and with other children.
So if we start out trying to interact with the world, why do we stop? Life gets in the way. We are taught to fit in, not to make a scene. ‘I was brought up in the ‘seen but not heard’ era. Life, our teachers, family, friends, the culture we come from. The governments that gorven us, all tell us that we should be seen but not heard.
There are some minorities that will not be heard, because of the colour of their skin. There are some people that will not be heard because of their sex. There are too many reasons to silence people in this world. If you live in a world where democracy rule – You need to make a difference in that world, even if you do so by voting. Me, giving you permission may not be enough, I understand that. What I hope I do, is allow you the space to realize that you CAN make a difference.
At the beginning of this blog, you was told that you have the ability to change the world. Being human is a given. The ability to think may not be so easy. Why? Because it is dependent on where and or how you was brought up, plus what you was taught to ‘think’. For example, being born a certain sex may have taught you that you do not have the ability to do certain things in this world. Your ethnic background may have taught you that you do not have the ability to do certain things. Depending on who or what your parents or ancestors were or did, may have had a bearing on what you feel you can or can not do.
There are many people, that were born into slavery but made a huge difference to the world they lived in. Namely Fredrick Douglas and Harriet Tubman. This blog is not a history lesson.
There are others I could mention that were born of holocaust survivors, that made a difference in the world they lived in. Such as Dr. Ruth Westheimer and survivor Branko Lustig or the legacy Anne Frank left behind.
I am not suggesting that you go out and start building an underground railway or write a diary, what I am proposing is that you begin to recognise that you have the ability to make a difference in the world.
You may have attended school and told that, you was a ‘c’ student (middle of the road) or your teacher may have placed you on the ‘red’ table if you was below average! I am told that that was the ‘teaching tactic’! No comment. You may have attended high school or college and left with a diploma. You may have gone on to university. After your studies, you may have gone into Work, Marriage and had children. All the above taught you that you are a ‘team player’ (Work) A husband/Wife (Marriage) A Mother/Father (Kids) or that you conformed to the ‘norm’. Isn’t that what your parents wanted for you? Should I say the government? You are better controlled if you conform. Well most would say that it is a good life, you did everything you was meant to do. Nowhere has anyone told you that you can make a difference in the world. You may be the type of parent that teaches your child that ‘you can be anything you want to be, once you put your mind to it’ Yet all you did was go school, went on to higher education, got a job and had a little person who you hope does a little better than you did.
I am not saying that you should go out there and re-invent the wheel. I am telling you that you have the ability to go out there and....... try. You do not need a college diploma or a degree to have the ability to change the world. The two men that spring to mind are Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They ‘got it’, they knew that they had the ability to make a difference. You on the other hand, appear different from these guys. NO, NO, NO the only difference between you and them, is that they knew they ‘could’ that’s it.
There is NOTHING NOTHING that stops you from making a difference in this world, your country, your community, your Street .....or your home. Lets start there.
Life has a way of getting in the way of all of us trying to make a change, even a small change in our homes. I dare you TODAY to change something small in your home, yes, TODAY.
Do you realize that you can decide today, to change the type of soap you use in your house? Alright I am assuming you live with at least one other person who use soap. You could find something very small in your house, that you could change. email@example.com Make it something that you always use, maybe something you have taken for granted.
Dare number two. Throw out or give to your local charity shop, clothes and bric-a-brac that you no longer use. Again I am assuming that you live with at least one other person. Maybe you can throw out things from your shed that is not being used...start small.
So you have gathered up all the shower gel and shampoo in the house and changed them. Get like for like, so if you must have a zero perfumed shower gel or shampoo, then get like for like, just a different brand. Your partner and or children complained and shouted about their favourite smell. But they still washed, and in a week or so, they will get use to them. Why? Because it is still soap, you have just changed the world you live in.
Maybe you gathered up all the clothes you and your house hold don’t use or wear anymore, and taken them to the local charity shop. The members of your household may mourn the missing dressing grown that hang behind the door for six months, never being worn, but it was a comforting sight. You have just changed that hoarder type world you use to live in. See you can change the world.
Did you change something else? Was it something you use to cook with, was it a type of food or a utensil? Let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
So you have made a small change in your home. Small but had an impact, why? Because you have the ability to change the world of your household. Now lets move outside the home, can you think of anything you could change that would make an impact on your life outside the home? Blog@loveliveholistically.com Lets find something small (I say small but just watch for the impact) I’ve got to say, i’m rubbing my hands together at this point! Lets say that you get the 07.47 Bus every morning, you need to get this bus, because it will get you into work on time to have a cup of tea before you start work. Starting TOMORROW take the 07.39 bus to work, yes you’ll have to change the time you go to bed the night before, you’ll have to change the time you get up in the morning. It may change the time you do many things. If you have children to get ready for school, This (small) change could be a big upheaval. Do this, and you will change the world as you live it. Maybe you can think of something equally (small) to change Blog@loveliveholistically.com
Lets say that you get the 07.47 Bus every morning, you need to get this bus, because it will get you into work on time to have a cup of tea before you start work. Starting TOMORROW take the 07.39 bus to work, yes you’ll have to change the time you go to bed the night before, you’ll have to change the time you get up in the morning. It may change the time you do many things. If you have children to get ready for school, This (small) change could be a big upheaval. Do this, and you will change the world as you live it. Maybe you can think of something equally (small) to change Blog@loveliveholistically.com
Are you getting the jest here? Can you see just how powerful you are?, and the huge ability you have to change the world you live in. Can you see that by just changing the shower gel in your household you can make an impact on the world you live in? Just by getting the 07.39 bus in the morning shifted your whole day and night, can you see your ability to make change?
Ok, so you tried this small thing outside your home, lets start impacting the world you live in, and the other people interact with. Lets start small, Say you drink four cups of tea during your work day and you take turns in making the tea. Instead of drinking or making four cups of tea, decide to drink something else for one of those tea breaks, water, coffee or nothing. Your colleagues may ask you why you choose to drink something different, you decide what you will tell them. Do this for a few days.
You have made a change to the world you live in. It’s as easy as that, you have made your colleagues wonder why you have made the change. What you shouls havw deemed from this, is you can make a change to the world you live in.
Do you see how powerful you are? No......A change however small is a change. Now haven been given permission to change the world you live, what else are you going to do? Blog@loveliveholistically.com
You’ve been reminded of the people who have done great things with or without degrees, you have made tiny differences in your own home, shifting the ‘norm’, making a difference and making an impact. You took your ability outside your home by getting on the 07.39 bus, you will be getting on the bus with a whole different set of people, the 07.47 passengers will be wondering where you are. You then took your ability to make a change in your world, by declining one of the four cups of tea you use to drink each day at work. It made your colleagues wonder why you made the change. Please note the reason for doing this, is not for them, but for you to realize that you actually have the power to do something different and make a change in your life albeit small.
Can you imagine what would happen if you ramp it up a nudge? What would that be? Blog@loveliveholistically.com What if you stop smoking, eating meat, stop indulging in a habit that is not healthy? What if you decide to change your relationships for the better by refusing to put up and shut up?
What if you decide to follow your dream and take up writing? What would you have to do in-order to follow your passion? Blog@loveliveholistically.com Start small, just like you did with the shower gel. You are now invincible, you have already changed the world you live in. What about the world outside of you?
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