Becoming the change, becoming the change. How am I supposed to do that? We’ve all asked ourselves this question, sometimes a thousand times a day. Sometimes once a year. Humans crave to change the world, to make it better, and to help. So how do you bring about the change in the world? Well, I am going to tell you a quick story here to help start off this mission of becoming the change. It was inspired by a video I once saw:
The Cart, the Tree, and Bunches of Bananas
The man was young, eyes opened as he inspected the world. Every day he would walk the Chisoni Street in Malawi, watching as people roamed by. Houses were rugged, the roads mucked with animal feces – the saddest formal neighborhood in Malawi. One day he came across an old merchant, struggling to pull his cart through the dirty streets. The young man smiled, and assisted his elder, receiving no more than a simple nod. The young man was pleased with his work and went on.
Later that day, the young man ran across a withering tree in the sweltering heat, being trampled on by children and dry as a rock. The man gently took his water container and fed the sapling, singing to himself. Quickly, his water was gone yet this did not bother the man.
In the afternoon as the young man was returning home to rest, he ran across a sickly child and her mother. Both were starved, eyes sunken, as they wrapped up together on the street. The man reached into his satchel and pulled out a bunch of bananas he had bought from the market. “For you,” he said, handing the mother and child the bunch. They said not a word, nor expressed a sign. The man smiled and went inside to sleep.
Every day the young man would walk down Chisoni Street, repeating the same actions, and slowly he started to see a change in the poor street. The old merchant and the mother and her daughter began to smile, even laugh. The tree was growing stronger, producing green leaves. Many years later, the man, now aged, looked around. Children were now dancing, the houses were being rebuilt, the roads cleaned. The old merchant now was laughing cheerfully as three little boys helped push his cart. The tree was large and colorful, an array of beautiful blossoms and small fruit. The child was grown into a beautiful woman, beside her mother as they opened the first bookstore on the street. The man looked around and saw the change that he had become, the change he brought to the world. This was beautiful, and so he settled down, feeling glad, and closed his eyes, the new world in his memory forever.
Hope is the key.
Now looking back at that story, I hope you found the key to becoming the change. Hope. Beautiful, colorful, shining hope. The young man believed in his small street in Malawi, and therefore brought hope and revitalizing beauty. Did the people trust or appreciate him at first? Not exactly. Was the street hopeless to regular eyes? I would think so. Yet it was a single young man that changed everything. The will of a single man.
Believing you can.
You have to believe in yourself that you can be the change. Look around, then look at yourself. You might be human, might be young or old, but you really do bring a smile to my face. I know you are capable of absolutely anything, you just have to believe in yourself.
Being the change.
This is actually one of the most important parts. You should not just want to change, you need to be it. Change yourself by removing bad habits and negativity to be more positive, uplifting, and unique. This alone is how you change the world.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
Envision the Change.
What change do you want to make? Picture that world in your head, color it like a painting, shape it like clay, tell the story over and over. You feel the streets are bland and gray? Go plant flowers! You feel bad for your neighbors? Don’t wait for someone else to do it, go comfort them yourself. If you imagine what that new, great world looks like, then you can easily do and become it.
Where do I start?
Write down some questions and statements and answer these to yourself every single day until you are satisfied. I promise you, slowly but surely change will come around. It might take days, weeks, or even years. But it will come if you believe in yourself and bring hope to the cause:
The Daily Change you wish to see:
The Forever Change you wish to see:
What do you feel the first step is?
What must you sacrifice to help become the change?
What negative qualities do you have? What positive qualities?
How can you change yourself to change the world?
Those are the questions you should ask yourself daily! Change yourself, believe in what you can do, envision the change, and at last, bring hope to the cause. I wish you the best of luck, my friends! For I know that you will change the world.
Until next time,
Ashlee G., Author of Creative Thinking Well