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11 July, 2011

"Change the World" by Kati M. Seymour

How do you change the world? It is not quick or easy, but it can be done. It doesn’t take a grand gesture or lots of money. All you have to do is care. Care enough to correct the injustices you see. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Stop bullying. Listen without judgments. Be color blind. According to St. Thomas Moore, we are all part of one race, the Human race.

Let go of assumptions. Take the time to look and truly see the invisible populations. Be present. Be patient. Don’t worry about transference. Choose always to do the something that you can do. Use your innate natural compassion. Have high expectations. Care enough to give your best.

These suggestions work. It’s awe-inspiring to see people’s perceptions change and a world of opportunity unfold. None of this costs a dime; it just takes time.
But, I’m only one person; can I really change the world? Rosa Parks, Ed Roberts, Ruby Bridges, Ron Clark, were all simply ordinary people who cared. Their simple acts of caring set in motion a flood of positivity that we all benefit from today.
If a star jumped in the sea it might swim. If a fish jumped into the sky, it might fly. Nobody knows what is possible until they try. The only way we fail at changing the world is if we fail to try.

I want to encourage you to pursue your dreams whatever they may be. For those of you who deal with challenges, please do me a favor and eliminate the word “can’t” from your vocabulary. Just because it has not been done does not mean it cannot be done. Anything is possible.


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