Welcome to Jim Phillips’ Wednesday Wisdom for August 22nd! Each Wednesday, WU World Changer Jim Phillips will share some mid-week wisdom for you to ponder and embrace!
“Be the change you desire to see in the world.”
I want the world to be peaceful. I want people to be happier.
I want to see more joy. I want people to be more compassionate. I want people to be more accepting. I want to see less judgment. I want to see more love. These are a few of the comments I receive when asking people about the state of the world and how they would like to see it change.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.
It speaks more loudly than any verbalized change people want to see in the world. Be the change. Be the demonstration of what that change looks like and see how the world is changed.
Too often, we hear people say how difficult life is or how bad the world is, and yet they are not willing to do anything to effect the change they desire to see. Think about this statement. Tomorrow morning if everyone on the planet were to wake up and be peaceful we would live in a peaceful world. Sounds simple, right?
It doesn’t take a lot for a person to be peaceful other than the decision, commitment, and actions towards being peaceful.
Here’s the challenge, people will say, just because I am peaceful doesn’t mean he or she will be peaceful. If they aren’t going to be peaceful why should I be peaceful? I don’t see the leader of this or that country or organization being peaceful, so what’s the use? Then there’s the catchall statement, there’s no way that will happen.
Maybe saying “change in the world” is too overwhelming for most people because we don’t believe we as individuals can actually change the world.
What if we narrowed the scope of the change from in “the world” to “my life” or my “children’s life or “my work environment” or “my family” or my marriage/relationship”? Does it seem more plausible?
The truth is, it does begin with each of us in our own subtle way to create the change we desire to see in the world. If we were to “be happy” how will that impact those around us? Some might get annoyed because we are always “being” happy, but it would get their attention. They would begin to question how and why we are always happy, but they would also see the positive impact it was having on those around us and our lives in general. Who knows, they might even give it a shot and be happy themselves.
We must first experience the change we desire to see by making ourselves available to that change.
We then must express the change we desire to see through our thoughts, words, and actions. We then become the expression of the change because in Truth it is who and what we are.
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The point is, when we are “being” happy, peaceful, loving, compassionate and joyful, that is our experience and expression in the world.
The more we are being the changes we desire to see in the world, the more people we impact who also become the experiences and expressions of these changes in the world.
And before you know it, we realize we have in Truth become those changes, and thereby, changed the world.
See you back here next week for my Wednesday Wisdom for August 29th!
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Jim Phillips is a LIFE Strategist, speaker, and America’s Leading Authority on Living in Full Expression. In fact, he wrote the book on it. He has also been engaged in the business world for over 40 years during which he has been inspiring others to higher levels of achievement and understanding through strategy sessions, coaching, writing and more than 20 International Business Conference presentations. He currently resides in Ashburn, VA where he continues his writing, coaching and speaking. To learn more, visit his website.