Dear Hannah:

How Can I Change the World?

That’s a good question…

and quite the noble mission you have chosen for yourself. I wish I could tell you that there is a way to have a significant impact on the world with one major move, or in any short span of time, but there simply isn’t. At least none that I have discovered so far in my pursuit of the same goal.

The desire to change the world is not a silly or foolish notion by any means.

We can all admit that we wish the world was a more enjoyable place to spend this parenthesis in eternity known as our life.

But is the world really what we need to change?

Is there something wrong with the world that I’m not seeing? Because, to me, it looks like it works exactly the way it’s supposed to.

Winter. Spring. Summer. Fall. Every time.

Drop a book, it falls. Every time.

Do the same things over and over again, get the same results. Every time.

It’s almost magical how perfect the world truly is. Almost.

The conclusion I can’t seem to escape is that people need to change.

So now you might be thinking,

“Okay. Then how can I change people?”

You can’t. It is impossible for you to change the nature of other people. End of story.

I know I’m not giving you much to work with, but what I’m giving you is true, what that’s worth is up to you.

In the wise words of Mahatma K. Ghandi, the answer to your question is, and will always be,

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Maybe you have heard this before. Maybe when you read this you thought to yourself,

“I already knew that.”

But, if I’m being frank, you probably wouldn’t be asking if you already knew.

Quotes like this, so simple yet so profound, actually appear quite often in today’s world; and because of this people are becoming desensitized to the true nature and meaning of the quote itself.

Understanding what Ghandi truly meant when he spoke those words is a progressive journey within itself.

Your chief aim should never be to grasp these words with your mind, but rather to understand them deeper through your own experience.

To be the change you want to see in the world, you don’t have to be aggressive, well-spoken, an elected official, you don’t even have to be smart.

You do, however, have to be committed.

Understand that all significant change throughout history happened as the result of the courage, conviction, and commitment of individuals.

Everything you do, every step you take, every sentence you write, every word you speak, every breath you take counts.

Your voice matters; and it’s not up to you to decide whether or not that is true.

So, into order for things to change, you have to be the change.

You have to grow, become more, seek the truth, and find a way to live the life you have always imagined.

The number of people who are actually living out their dreams is appalling.

“Happiness is not at all common in modern American society.”

(Dan Baker, Ph.D.)

But remember, we can’t change others; we can only change ourselves.

But when you do finally commit to the decision to change your life this crazy phenomenon occurs; you inspire so many other people that you create a ripple of change in the world around you.

But what if I want to have an impact on a global scale?

That’s simple. Don’t ever stop changing.

Unfortunately, we don’t get a pop-up notification every time our efforts have a significant impact on the world, nor can we download the family tree of our influence from the universe cloud.

I thought by 2015 they would have this stuff figured out.

I’m working on it.

For now the best advice I can give you is to just love yourself, take care of your body, appreciate other people, and be respectful of this planet we call home; and trust that, by doing that, you are changing the world.

You’ll know you’re on the right path when people say,

“You’ve changed.”

I hope this helps.

Sending infinite good vibes your way!



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