We have had some very sad times as of late in our world. Shootings of children, polictical unrest and many other incidents both globally and locally. It seems everytime you turn on the tv, radio, or look at the internet you hear very disturbing stories about people and governments running amok.
My friends and I have had many conversations about change and what we can do. I think people are genuinely concerned, afraid, and want our world to change. The impetus of change is not violence, it is kindness and taking responsibility for our actions and encouraging positive change on local and global levels. It also rests on parents to teach their children right from wrong and to be caring individuals. With response to violence i.e. gun violence, lobby your politicians to change gun laws. Exercise your democratic rights by voting. Advocate peace.
We can and do change our world, even in small ways, one random act of kindness goes a long way and the effects of it can be far reaching with a ripple effect. Just think how different the world would be if everyone did one kind thing a day. One act kindness may not have a profound impact on the world, but sometimes it may positively impact one human being and change the way they look at things or give them a moment to think about it and they in turn repeat the cycle.
Today I was on my way out of a coffee shop and an EMS rig pulled up and one of the paramedics went inside to get coffee, had I been inside at the time I would have bought them a coffee as a thank you for the hard difficult work they do. Instead I knocked on his window and said "Thanks for all the great work you do all year." His face lit up and it made me smile knowing that I had a positive impact on someone today.
Just some food for thought.