How Can You Help Change The World?
I don’t know if you feel this, but sometimes the world can feel like a dark and hopeless place. We are bombarded daily with horrifying headlines about terrorism and violence, refugees who have lost everything, children who are starving, and a deep division in our own country.
Sometimes I wonder what role I am here to play. How can I help? What can I do? I feel so small, but I also don’t want to tune out.
In those moments where I don’t know where to begin, I am reminded of my mom’s words, “Change begins in your own community.”
If you feel like you want to help make some kind of difference because you want to live in a more loving, more connected, more peaceful world… but you don’t know how, here’s what I suggest:
1) Be kinder to yourself. It may sound counter-intuitive that we need to be nice to ourselves to change the world; however, when we are nicer to ourselves, we tend to be able to kinder and more patient with others.
2) Give people the benefit of the doubt. Remember, everyone has a story. So when someone isn’t kind or friendly, try to be kind, as we rarely know what someone has going on beneath the surface.
3) Find ways that you can contribute to causes you care about. You can’t change everything, but you can change some things. Even if it feels small, remember that “small hinges swing big doors.”
While I am not political and I am not an activist, the way I hope to contribute to improving our world is by:
1) Being kind to myself.
2) Giving others the benefit of the doubt.
3) Helping people communicate with more compassion, even in the most challenging circumstances. After years of working with people who are grieving all the changes and transitions of life, I have spent the last few years writing The Compassion Code – How To Say The Right Thing When The Right Thing Happens.
My hope is that by cultivating a culture of compassion, starting with ourselves, we can improve our relationships to others, both in our communities and around the world.
My book will be launching in mid-August, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
If you are interested in learning more, check out the Compassion Code Starter Kit here.