Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

Daniel Webster was one of the greatest orators of all time. It is said that he even out talked the Devil in order to save a man’s soul. Truth is, what he said wasn’t as important as the way he said it. There is one sentence from his speech, though, that should stick in our minds: “Let us in this our day and generation perform something worthy to be remembered.”
How many of us are living up to this challenge?  Many of us spend our time blindly walking through life. We have become afraid to stick our necks out fearing we will get into trouble.

The world around us is filled with troubling circumstances. People are starving. Men and women are unemployed. Families are losing their homes. The elderly are scared and alone. Our cities are facing unbearable financial and crime burdens. Our air isn’t fit to breathe.  Litter pollutes our surroundings. Climate changes are affecting our globe.  What are we doing about it?  Some of us complain about it. Some pull their shades down and ignore everything.  Some turn on the television and lose themselves in make-believe or get bogged down by the never ending news reports.   We do so much of everything else so we won’t have to see what’s really going on outside.

What good is building up your own confidence if you can’t take the initiative to pick up a piece of trash on the sidewalk?  What about lending a hand to help a neighbor?  How about holding the door open for another person?  Think about it for a moment.  Changing your life means taking the risks and looking for the opportunities to make even smallest of changes in our surroundings.

Daniel Webster was ahead of his time.  He knew what he was talking about. He knew that we are only here on earth for a short period of time.  It was with this thought in mind that he challenged us to do something worthy of being remembered in that brief time. We may chuckle at the Boy Scouts and their daily good deed, but how many of us can boast of a good deed a day, a week, a month or even a year?  It’s possible for anyone to become a success, but the richest man on earth is a failure if he measures success by what he does for himself alone.  It is our duty to reach out and touch someone with a positive word, deed or action every day. It may be as small as saying “Hello”, or giving a smile to someone who is alone. Or perhaps you are moved to volunteer at a hospital or old age home for a few hours. It’s not the quantity of time but the quality of time that is the greatest gift you can give. Showing gratitude to others when they show kindness to you is an amazing gift that you can give back to them, it shows honor and respect for their act.

What things are you doing that are worthy and will be remembered? Think about what Daniel Webster said. The next time you’re tempted to complain or turn your back, ask yourself, “If I don’t do something to change this situation right now, who will?”  Perhaps someone else, but more likely no one else. You can change the world if you believe in yourself, and be remembered with love and gratitude by those who come after you.

Susan Karim

Time Management and Personal Effectiveness Coach

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