1] Be the Best Version of Yourself
“Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads.” (William J. Thoms)
You don’t have to be the most powerful or successful person to change people’s lives or the world. You can still be a powerful and inspirational example to others simply by being your best, authentic self.
My mom finds joy and appreciation in everyday, simple things despite suffering from physical disability and illness. She is by no means perfect or saintly (otherwise, she and I would not be bickering at all!), but her love of life rubs off on others. She has a friend, a widow in her 70s who used to be a business owner. All she did every day was to watch her store, and she hardly socialized with anyone or did anything fun for herself. However, after years of friendship with my mom, she saw how much my mom enjoyed her life… and she realized she wanted the same for herself. She sold her business, and moved in with her daughter and her family in a different city. She’s now enjoying her life in a big city, spending time with her family and new friends.
Find ways to make your own life rich and joyful. Love yourself and appreciate your strengths, and work on accepting and improving on your weaknesses… and you just may help someone do the same for themselves. By giving love and care to yourself, you can show others how to love and care for themselves. That’s how you can change the world, one person at a time… starting with yourself.
2] Go On a “Complaint Cleanse”
Life is challenging, isn’t it? You’re going through a lot these days – COVID-19, inflation and rising cost of living, fear of recession… throw in some controlling bosses, annoying co-workers, and random person yelling at you on the street, and you might be just about ready to explode and go on a verbal rampage of everything that’s wrong with the world.
It can be healthy to talk to someone about your challenges and feelings (e.g., with a therapist, a counsellor, or a friend), but doing it too often can affect ourselves and our relationships negatively (Compton, 2019). Think of how you feel around people who focus only on the negative and fail to see the good in their lives.