This week’s question: How to change the world?
Every single day, I see things I want to change. The big ones, obviously, like hunger, suffering, imbalance but the little ones too. Litter on the street, dog shit on the grass, sad and grumpy faces behind the wheels of expensive cars. One person alone can’t change the big things, but could I change the smaller things? Could I make a little difference and could my acorns of change grow into something more substantial?
So I set about making changes. On Monday I picked up a broken bottle that was lying on the pavement. I put it in somebody’s recycling box. I figured, they wouldn’t mind. On Wednesday I let eight other drivers out on my commute to work. On Thursday I gave somebody forty pence towards their parking ticket. Today I made eye contact with everyone I walked past and I smiled. I even got a few back.
Am I changing the world? Not yet, but I’m changing my little corner of it. And interestingly enough, it’s changing me. I like being nice to other people, I selfishly enjoy this altruism lark.
So I’m asking you – pay it forward. Do something nice for someone else. Something small. Something they can replicate with the next person. Don’t give away your life savings, but perhaps a smile and a quiet hello might not be too much to ask. Let’s change the world. A bit.