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Making a difference in the world

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Gandhi

Hello lovely people, welcome to another Monday Motivator.  This week, I had intended to cover the stress about “too little money”.  However, in light of the shocking terrorist attack we have just had in my home town of Christchurch, it suddenly doesn’t seem a very important thing to be writing about.

The attack against the Muslim community in our city could never have been predicted.  Everyone is shocked, saddened and just reeling.  This is not how we think of ourselves in New Zealand.  It is certainly not how we think of our society.  We think of ourselves as being open and welcoming to others, living in a safe environment, well away from violence and hatred.  Sadly, that was all ripped away from us on Friday when 50 people were killed in two mosques.

There is a very deep sense of sadness, a feeling of mourning and grief, even if we don’t personally know those who died.  At times like this, we can feel powerless to know what to do.  The world suddenly doesn’t seem the same as we thought it was and it makes us feel unsafe and insecure.  It can also lead to feelings of despair, that our world has changed and will never be the same.

The answer lies in our quote, which was first stated by Gandhi “be the change you want to see in the world.”  That’s all we need to do.  If we want the world to be more peaceful, we need to be peaceful towards each other.  If we want more loving kindness in the world, we need to show loving kindness to each other.  Whatever we want has to start with us giving it to others.  What stops us doing that is that we are only one person and it can seem too big and hard to do.  We tell ourselves, what difference can I possibly make?  It only takes one person at a time, showing one little act of kindness to one other person, to make a difference.  Just smiling at someone who is feeling lost and lonely, can make a world of difference to that person.

We are all one.  We are all connected to each other, let’s start treating each other like that, like we are all one family, because we are.  We can believe different beliefs, we can look different to each other, but we all belong to the world, we are a global family.  Let’s show each other the loving kindness that we all want and need.  Have a good week everyone, Kia Kaha.