More than ever we’re in a time of great change. With the technology we have that connects the world and the innovations we’ve been able to make over the last century we’ve created more possibilities than ever that we can solve the world’s problems. However, from the news it doesn’t really look like we’re doing much with what we’ve been given and the technology we have. Instead we’re focused on how destructive we can be and how much harm we can do in the world.
All that destruction may make you feel helpless and that your one voice isn’t doing much to make a difference, but the truth is that just like all it takes is one little stone started at the top of a mountain to create a huge snowball by the time it reaches the bottom of the mountain, we too can be the impetus of a better future.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season makes us feel like we should put aside our issues and hold off on things until the new year. We say that we’re just going to do a little celebrating and that we’ll be better able to focus on fixing things in the new year. But when the new year comes most of us will come up with new excuses as to why we can’t get it done then. The reality is that the best Christmas gift anyone can get and the best New Years Resolution that can be made is to choose to do something to make the world a better place each day. Maybe that’s to sign a petition, maybe it’s to donate to the food bank each week, maybe it’s to help a coworker, or maybe it’s to spend time teaching your kids what matters most in this life (and showing them that they matter to you). It won’t be easy but if you’re willing to be that little stone at the top of the mountain it’s possible that you might just start that snowball effect that it will take to transform the world.
“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” Michelle Obama