The Beatles said it best. “Talking ’bout a revolution… we all want to change the world.”
At times, the troubles of the world seem large. Watching the evening news might cause a panic attack. Nothing about changing the world is hard, but we get lost in the drama of it all.
Here are five simple ways to change the world. Starting now.
This is a nice way of saying, “quit judging everything.”
We are not obligated to have an opinion on each issue that pops up in our lives. We are not the gatekeepers of truth. Nothing is lost by our noticing an event or hearing a statement, and letting it go.
Ironically, the first way to change the world, is to let the world be, on occasion.
Say “Thank you”
Expressing gratitude, for anything in our lives, sets us up for more of that for which we can be grateful.
Gratitude is one of the few ways the Universe knows what we enjoy. Source wants only what we want for ourselves. If we spend our time complaining, it appears as if that is what we enjoy doing. Complaining.
Naturally, Source will give us more to complain about.
By saying “thank you” for that which we enjoy, or for that which we desire, we encourage the giver of all good things to pour on the love.
Give Something Away
By giving something away, we align ourselves with the vibration of the Universe.
Most of us know a person that just needs to be heard. Most charities accept small, one-time donations, online. Even a well-wish given to groups or individuals count.
Whether it is our time, our money, or our thoughts, the practice of giving changes our perspective on what role we play in the world.
Where we are when we see the world matters.
Just like a concert is a different experience from different angles, the world is a different place from different perspectives. Work backstage. Sit in the front, the back, or on the lawn (thinking of Wolf Trap and Bob Dylan).
Be the guy that tunes the guitars, or the drummer, or even the lead singer.
Taking the time to see the world from other people’s point of view allows us to dramatically change the world for the better.
The world is not happening to us.
We are creating the world with each choice we make. Everything is a choice. Infinite possibilities and the very will of God are determined by each action we take or choose not to perform.
When we realize that so much of what we experience is by our own design, we can then affect the world in positive ways.
What’s the Catch?
You may have noticed something here. None of these five simple ways to change the world right now, involve changing anyone but ourselves.
What about political action? What about investigative journalism? How can we change the world if we do not actually change the world?
Shouldn’t we start a non-profit or sell everything and move to a developing country? How about promoting some religion or beginning a peace movement?
The simplest, and yet, the most difficult idea to grasp, is that the only way to change the world is to change the “me” in me.
What About Prayer?
Prayer is a funny thing.
It has been misused for as long as it has been around.
Meister Eckhart said something close to this. “If the only prayer I ever said was thank you, then that would suffice.”
We covered that already.
How Should I Pray?
Prayer becomes, to some extent, a list of complaints about what is wrong with the world. Not only that, but it becomes a way of us affirming that we know better than God when it comes to solutions.
I recommend prayer, but as a way to send love to the world as a whole and to individuals. Of all the prayers I have heard, the prayer of St. Francis resonates most with me.
The prayer of St. Francis will follow and conclude these thoughts. Your life is the miracle here.
Your power lies in your ability to recognize all you are able to do to change the world. The world needs more you, just like Christopher Walken needed more cowbell.
The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit
that where there is discord, I may bring
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort
than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.
From the Tidewater Intergroup.