I was recently asked (by Zaadz) to write about how "we can change the world". This was my response. (OH BTW, we fixed the commenting system.)
It?s my belief that the world doesn?t want to change.
Having said that, the best way to change the world is to make the change look so good that no one can resist changing. In other words, make change so non-fat, wrinkle free, radiant, beautiful and glowing that everyone wants a piece of it. Here?s a few ideas:
Work on yourself so that the violent self deriding voices diminish and all that?s there is self acceptance. Then take your self acceptance into every conversation so that the people around you wonder how they can have just a little bit of what you have.
Create happiness in your life so that everyone around you can see you smile and laugh. Nothing creates change more than laughter. Your neighbors will look up from their blue screen oblivion simply to watch you and your friends laughing, playing cards, having dinner and talking. They will want what you have.
Work on your relationships so that all of your friends wonder how you are able to love, laugh and grow with another person. Be the ?cool couple? in your group. If you can?t stand someone at your office or in your life, work to learn how to accept them through the Enneagram or even the book Dealing with People You Can?t Stand. Become the person that everyone can get along with.
Learn to cook then share that gift with your friends. Start a rotating dinner party that is so tasty and fun that soon everyone in town wishes for an invitation. Invite friends to share your passions - music, plays, movies, or (as we do) beekeeping. Share yourself, your wisdom in a non-judgmental way.
Believe that one person can make a difference and look for it around you. Celebrate all the people in your world who are working to make a difference. Create an atmosphere where, in your life, the people who are trying to make the world a better place are the heroes instead of the muscle bound defenders of ?right?.
Real change happens when, and only when, the individual or society want to change. It?s easy to make change attractive. Just highlight the benefits - happy people are more attractive, learning is the best stimulation, organic vegetables taste better, grass fed beef saves oil and lacks a cancer causing enzyme, worry causes wrinkles and on and on.
More simply? Gandhi encouraged us to ?be the change we want to see in the world?. In modern times, I agree that we must be the change we want to see in the world, and make it wrinkle free, beautiful, attractive, glowing, desirable and attractive enough to break through people?s fear of change.