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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Changing the World: One Person At A Time


Imagine you had been a heavy smoker. (As I was until September 1988). Or a heavy drinker. (As a dear friend of mine was until 1989). What happens when you stop? Don't some of your friends sit up and take notice? Don't some of them (perhaps only one of them) also stop? So by changing something about yourself, someone else observed it, and changed something about him or herself.

So what happens if you change something about your character? Perhaps you become kinder, more considerate, or as I discussed in yesterday's post, less critical, less impatient, less judgemental, etc. Is there not also someone observing this? Perhaps that someone isn't necessarily an individual who knew you the way you were before, but who is merely observing you now, and who has decided that they like the way you are, and want to be like that too. And so they change - at least in this regard - thanks to something they observed about you.

And what happens if by making these changes, you become so much more aware of yourself? You become conscious at all times, instead of only in moments of great intensity - good or bad - (which is when many first glimpse the effects of being fully conscious). And by so doing, you realize that you are, in fact, responsible for your own happiness and so you begin to take charge of your inner state of well-being, as opposed to allowing external circumstances dictate how you feel. And in so doing you increase the love you have for yourself. And while all of this is happening, someone else is observing you, and is thinking that they want that inner equanimity, that innner harmony that you have. And so they model you, or emulate you in some fashion, in order to bring about some changes in their own lives.

And then - as I imagine you will have already realized - another someone - observes the changes taking place in the person that initially observed you, someone who has no clue who you are, or even that the person they are observing made changes because of the fact that they observed you, and this third someone, now begins making some changes of their own. It becomes an exponentially growing pyramid of ever more changing and growing individuals who thus come to an increased place of inner well-being and joy.

This is how we can ALL change the world one person at a time. It's a win-win situation because you gain inner peace and freedom and others do as well, and eventually, if enough do it, the world will - in fact - also change. What are you doing today to change the world?


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4 comments:

  1. Some of the greatest 'Teachers' in my life had no intention of fulfilling the role; they would've probably turned it down had I verbally offered it to them : ) Their 'teaching by example' has inspired the same in me.
    [[ I wanna be like that ]]

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  2. Good to know that you agree wtih my premise :-)

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  3. Wonderful! I wonder if we are insane to believe that anybody else needs to change. Whose business is it to change others? Theirs. Whose business is it to change ourselves? Ours. Even the heavy smoker who does not quit is an equally good teacher because they tell us how not to live. The impatient driver teaches us how not to drive etc. Everyone teaches equally and it is ours to see.

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  4. I couldn't agree more. IMO you can't go about this process of changing the world one person at a time, EXCEPT from the position of changing yourself, with the knowledge that the result may be the one described in my post. But the changing of another is most definitely not anyone's duty or responsibility ... it is - as you say - their own!

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