Change Starts From Ourselves

“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” ~ Michael Jackson, Man In the Mirror …

I love to listen to songs such as this… songs that have such a wonderful message to share: The world around us is a reflection of who we are; and if the world around us is bad, then we need not look far to realize why. My attitudes, the way I treat others, where I place my focus and attention, how I spend my time and talents… all of this helps create the world I live in.

Some people are miserable in life and they want to spread that misery. They harbor anger and resentment, bad attitudes and negative outlooks, lack of compassion and concern for others, and on and on. And if you know anyone like this, I am sure you also know that many of those feelings begin to rub off onto you simply from being around such an individual. No one enjoys being in such a world. But it does not have to be that way. As Michael tells us through the words of his song, we can make the world around us a better place by changing ourselves for the better. It is as simple as that.

Shed the burdens of fear, intolerance, judgment, resentment, regret, and any feelings that negatively affect you spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Today can be the day we choose to live our lives to the fullest–finding all the joy and happiness available to us and experiencing peace, fulfillment, and contentment.

Look at yourself in the mirror today and ask yourself if the person you see is the same person you want the world to see.

Questions to consider:

Do you have a desire to make the world around you a better place?

What are some ways in which you could do so?

Think of someone you know who is positive and someone who is negative. Who do you prefer being around more?

For further thought:

“Our attitude tells the world what we expect in return. If it’s a cheerful, expectant attitude, it says to everyone with whom we come in contact that we expect the best in our dealings with the world. You see, we tend to live up to our expectations. And others give to us, as far as their attitudes are concerned, what we expect. Our attitude is something we can control. We can establish our attitude each morning when we start our day–in fact, we do just that, whether or not we realize it. And the people in our family–all the people in our world–will reflect back to us the attitude we present to them. It is, then, our attitude toward life that determines life’s attitude toward us. Cause and effect. Everything we say or do will cause a corresponding effect. If we’re cheerful, glad to be experiencing this miracle of life, others will reflect that good cheer back to us. We are the kind of people others enjoy being around.” ~ Earl Nightingale

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