We’ve all had thoughts or dreams of changing the world. Perhaps we see ourselves giving this life-changing speech. Perhaps we imagine ourselves negotiating peace treaties between hostile nations or writing books where we explain life lessons in ways people never thought. It can feel like people are waiting to hear the right thing and if we could just figure out what, we’d be the one to make that difference.
The truth is that we can dream of making big changes all we want, but it all starts in our day-to-day life. If I want to make this world we live in a better place, I need to start with that small fraction of the world that’s part of my day-to-day life.
It doesn’t have to be complicated: friendly smile to people I meet throughout the day, quality time with my spouse and children, uttering words of consolation or encouragement to someone in need, giving a meal to homeless person, etc. The possibilities are endless.
In the grand scheme of things, it can seem insignificant. However, if everyone tried to brighten the day of those they meet in their day-to-day life, this world could almost become a true paradise. If we start living this Gospel charity in our own lives, our example can inspire others to do the same. A simple act of kindness can go a long way.
Imagine how many mental health issues would disappear if we learned to treat others with their God-given dignity.
Be a light to your world today!
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