"Be the change you want to see in the World."
This is one of my favourite quotes. The sentiment here is one of ownership and personal responsibility. As frustrating as it sometimes can be, the world does not conform to our will.
While we may not have total agency over the world around us, we do have agency over ourselves. We can tell ourselves our problems come from the outside in, but the solution is always from the inside out.
We have to do our best to be the positivity we want to see in the world. To be courageous, generous, gracious and kind. To be thoughtful and tolerant. When we embrace that positivity and work to ingrain that in ourselves, the world outside us sees it. While things may not change all at once, people will take notice.
We have to lead by example. Our positive actions today may just lead to the positive actions of others tomorrow, and in time this snowballs. But that starts with you and I. It starts with looking inside yourself and making the decision each day to bring out your positivity and love. It’s sometimes easier said than done, but all we can do is try our best!