Mahatma Gandhi, a global peacemaker and Indian activist taught us many important lessons in his lifetime, but one of his most profound contributions was his empowerment of others. In a quote he said, “You must be the change you wish to see in this world”. He knew that his vision could not reach fruition unless he could inspire others too – and he did just that. He was brave in his stance and lifted others up even when he himself was falling.
So how do we actually change the world? His quote provides a very profound insight into this. It’s about being the type of person we want to meet. There’s something beautiful about this idea. It generates a cycle of paying it forward, and here’s what I mean.
If you need a shoulder to lean on but don’t have it, provide a shoulder to lean on for others. If you want someone to talk to about your worries, provide a listening ear to others. If you see someone struggling to provide for their family, and charity organisations can’t attend to them, help them provide for their family. Inspire others through your actions. If you can start to contribute in these small ways others will see it and start to pass it on to even more people.
A bit of small fortune that you can so easily and freely give can have monumental impacts for someone else. As ambitious as this might seem, society can transform because of you. Just be the person to others that you never had – the type of person you wish was in your life.
Be the person to others that you never had – the type of person you wish was in your life.
If your mother was distant in your childhood be a nurturing parent, if you lacked a quality education, make it your mission to inspire someone and support someone to achieve academic excellence. The older we become the more power we have to change the lives of others. It might seem like getting older is a deteriorating feeling but it’s always growth, we become more aware and more experienced. The next generation is our responsibility, so be the person to them that you wish you had when you were their age.
You must be the change you wish to see in this world.
~ Adam, 2019