The people who truly change the world have the following mindset: They don't just accept things for the way they are. They don't just wish things were better. They look at each situation, and ask, "How can I change this for the better... given the existing limitations?" And BAM-- the world is suddenly more awesome.
This represents my core view of change... and the thought process behind each of my decisions and actions.
Basically, I look at life as a series of obstacles... a unique set of challenges that can either be:
accepted for what they are,
wished away for what they're not,
or changed into what they should be.
The third option requires the most work, as well as the right mindset, proper strategy, and most importantly... action.
But, we live in a world of complacency... mixed with a controlled desire for things to be different. Thus, our society often lacks the motivation to take any credible action toward change.
And, therein lies the problem. Accepting injustice only breeds more injustice. Wishing for change only brings less change.
There's no question that the world is full of barriers and limitations. In the short-term, certain conditions exist... whether you like them or not. Sometimes, the laws are the problem. Sometimes, it's the people, or the finances, or the environment. You may want to change these things... but, as far as today--right now--goes... you aren't moving that mountain before dark.
And trust me on this: if you believe that you can't change something... you won't.
Other people wish. They wish that things could be different... they hope... they pray... that maybe--someday, somehow--the world will be a better place. Maybe things will magically change without the need to take action, or maybe someone else will do something about it...
Maybe someone else will save all the pets in the animal shelters. Maybe someone else will foster that dog. Maybe someone else will donate to charities. Maybe someone else will adopt a pet. Maybe someone else will volunteer for the dog rescue. Maybe someone else will change the laws. Maybe someone else will end the killing. Maybe someone... anyone... but me.
If enough of those narrow-minded thinkers get together... nothing will ever change for the better. Nothing.
Short-term changes lead to long-term changes. Small differences lead to big differences. But here's the best part: anyone can contribute. Everyone can do something. Never ever say that you can't change the world. You can.
And when you do... BAM-- the world is suddenly more awesome.
*If you'd like to help animal shelters, adopt a pet, or volunteer for Lucky Dog Rescue, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
**If you'd like to donate to charities, I've got one here for ya!