We live in challenging times. Often, the world seems a dark and dangerous place, with little hope: We are at war; there is an environmental crisis looming on the horizon; too many people live in poverty; our health care system is failing; intolerance and hatred toward others with different points of view continue to plague us; and the insidious effects of racism have yet to be eliminated.
Sure, we always want to improve our personal lives, but we want more than that. We are looking, too, for a way to understand our place in the larger world and to tap the power we possess to change not only ourselves, but also the community we live in. We are hungry to belong. We want to feel that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that what we do individually matters and has an effect in a larger sense. The television show Heroes was a huge hit. Its tagline? “Save the cheerleader, save the world.”
The idea of one person at a time, of one person making a difference, is what we are looking for right now. You don’t need to wait until you’ve made your millions at Google to change the world. (Actually, the folks at Google did change the world.) You can do it now (just as there’s no sense in waiting until you’ve lost the weight to start your exercise regimen).
We, each of us, can make a difference. If we don’t change the world, who is going to? And if we want to change the world, we need to start with ourselves. And if we change ourselves, changing the world will start to come naturally.