6 Practical Ways to Change the World For the Better

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I’ve often heard that there are many ways to change the world, but the question is – who will change it and why? Moreover, what’s wrong with the world as it is?

I know this question will come up in the minds of many people. Am I right?

Well, all I can say is that the world can be a better place, and if it can, then why not try for it – isn’t it?

I mean a world without or with as few problems as possible.

Some would still be least bothered to read this post because it’s about the world and not them.

That’s where they first need to change their way of thinking.

As far as you’re living in the world, its problems are yours and you’re responsible for them in some way or the other.

Every individual needs to be concerned with the problems of the world, take initiative, and actively participate to solve them.

In reality, we’re so engrossed in our own lives and tuned to the world that everything appears to be normal and reasonable to us.

We’ve become habituated to the problems that we face and have adjusted ourselves to things that we think we cannot change.

You might say that if you’ve opted to reconcile then why do I’ve a problem with that.

Well, that’s exactly the problem. Why should you reconcile and give up your right for a better life?

You need to reconsider your assumption that you cannot change the things and your world.

In fact, the truth is that you’ve all the power to change your life and the life of others. The only thing you need to do is believe in yourself, and in the cause.

But first, let’s try to understand our world better.

“Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace, and the message will spread quicker than you think.” ~ Yoko Ono

Why Do We Need to Change The World

If you look back in the past, you’d realize that the world had been plagued with problems umpteen number of times, but some or the other kind of change bailed it out.

There have been revolutions and renaissances to make the world a better place to live in, and remarkably, people like you brought them about.

Likewise, you too can find ways to change the world. However, most of you need to be convinced that the world needs a change.

I’ve listed out six major problems in the world, and I think each one of you is affected by at least one of the problems in your daily life.

As you read each problem, think if you’re affected by it and would you like it to be changed or resolved:

• Discrimination, racism, and lack of tolerance

• Increasing hatred, violence, and war

• Environment and natural resources degradation

• Epidemic of lifestyle diseases

• Poverty and decreased quality of life

Abuse and crime against women

Our world is suffering from the above-mentioned problems and it’s not limited to just a handful of these. There are hosts of other problems that make it difficult for us to live happily and peacefully.

Now, don’t you think these are reasons enough to wake up?

If you agreed with any of these problems, then are you doing anything to resolve it – if not, then why not?

I realize that people living in the developed countries have less firsthand experience about most of these problems, and this could be a cause for their lack of involvement.

But I know of many of my friends living in the US and Europe who actively advocate and make efforts to bring a good change in the world.

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

How to Change The World and Resolve Our Problems

What I’m getting at is that if we don’t force ourselves to solve our own problems, then who will?

Politicians? Government?

Yes, sure they can do a lot if they’ve the will, but those might just be the macroscopic solutions.

You can’t depend on them for your daily life harassment, problems, and sufferings. You need to take control of your own life.

As mentioned in the quote by Mahatma Gandhi, you need to “be the change” yourself that you wish to see in the world.

The change in the world starts with YOU!

If each person becomes responsible enough and takes steps to bring about a change, would it take long for the world to change? I don’t think so – do you?

Do you know that even one person can make a difference? Yes, YOU alone are enough and can make a huge difference.

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There are many real life examples from around the world of people making a difference in the world all alone.

You can also do that if you follow these 6 ways.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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6 Ways to Change the World

It’s all about you.

The change begins with you. You change yourself, you change your life, and so you help change the world.

I’ve shortlisted six ways in which you can bring about change, and I’ve put them together into an acronym – I call it a SIMPLE change approach.

S – Change of Self-concept

I – Change of Intentions

M – Change of Mind

P – Change of Personality

L – Change of Lifestyle

E – Change of Emotions

It’s really simple, isn’t it?

“In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.” ~ Jimi Hendrix

Change Your Self-concept

Here, by self-concept I mean your beliefs and perceptions.

By changing these, you change your self-identity and self-perspective, and change what you think about yourself.

Start thinking about yourself in positive terms, and use positive affirmations to believe that you’re strong enough to lead a better life.

If you change the way you think about yourself, you’ll change the way you think about the world.

Change Tip – Feel good about yourself and see the world with the same pair of eyes, then you’ll probably never think of discriminating people, nor of indulging in acts or thoughts of racism.

Change Your Intentions

Intentions are the roots of your thoughts and actions.

If your intentions are good and helpful, your thoughts and actions will be accordingly good and helpful too.

You’d then most likely not abuse anybody, nor commit crime against anyone.

“Never intentionally hurt others in any way” – this resolution will create a big impact and reduce the suffering in the world.

With the positive change in your beliefs and perceptions, you’ll be more likely to have positive intentions that breed positivity.

Change Tip – Always have good intentions, as the resulting actions and behavior are thoughtful and controlled, and they bring more power and value to whatever you say or do.

Change Your Mind

I’ve written about the mind. It is responsible for your way of thinking, attitude, and outlook of life.

Once you change your mind in a positive way, you change your attitude of tolerance, discrimination, quality of life, and other aspects in favorable ways.

Tolerance is an attitude of the mind that implies non-judgmental acceptance of different lifestyles or beliefs.

Yes, tolerance is about recognizing and respecting the fact there are people of different cultures, religions, and races, and it’s okay accepting them as part of your world.

If you accept others, discrimination ends.

Change Tip – Control and educate your mind to be happy and successful. You thereby increase your quality of life to satisfactory levels.

Change Your Personality

By personality, I mean the personal characteristics or qualities of a person.

If you’re devoted to a good cause and determined to carry it out, you’ll undoubtedly change the world for the better.

Your perseverance and hard work will bring you closer to success, and help you overcome poverty or other miseries of life, if they exist.

It were the positive and strong personal qualities of Mahatma Gandhi that brought a change in him. Not only did his course of life change, but he was able to bring about a change in the world too.

Change Tip – Be courageous and bring about a change. Be determined to seek justice, and be dedicated to making the world a better place to live in for the entire human race.

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Change Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle is your way of living. Your health and the earth’s condition depend on the kind of lifestyle you adopt in your life.

You need to educate yourself on the effects and repercussions of your lifestyle.

Think whether what you eat, wear, and use – cause damage to yourself or your surrounding environment.

Living a faulty lifestyle can lead to the misuse and extinction of the earth’s natural resources like water, forests, and increase toxicity as well.

Instead, you need to adopt an eco-active lifestyle and make efforts to save the resources.

Be careful of what you shop, reuse and recycle. Be less dependent on material comforts that use earth’s resources and produce toxic waste or pollution, and thus reduce your carbon footprint.

Be aware that your unhealthy lifestyle consisting of lack of good food, exercise, and proper routine can make you suffer from lifestyle diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and stress.

Change Tip – Choose a lifestyle that keeps you mentally and physically healthy as well as upkeeps the natural resources and environment of the world.

Change Your Emotions

Love is the strongest emotion that unites people in the world. Spread love through your words and actions.

If you’re kind and caring, you’ll develop gratitude and generosity towards others. As a result, there will be less hatred or other negative feelings wherever you go.

Activities based on love and harmony creates peace between people, communities, and countries. This overcomes aggression and violence, besides avoiding war.

Love is the cure of all problems. If you love yourself, you’ll love others; if you love others, you’ll love and accept their ways. And if you’re tolerant, then there will be peace all over.

Do something nice for somebody every day. Laugh, smile, be happy and remain thankful – you spread positive energy and emotions that way.

Change Tip – Donate to charity, volunteer to help others in any big or small way, and engage yourself in random acts of kindness. You’ll be surprised to see the difference you can make to other peoples’ lives and the world this way.

Here’s a list of things you can do to change your world.

“It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world.” ~ Vivienne Westwood

Can you remain positive, have good intentions, control your mind, be determined, live the right way, and be loving and helpful?

Well, this is in fact the crux of the SIMPLE ways to change the world, and it could be your contribution for the betterment of the world.

Remember that you as an individual are the units or building blocks of the community, society, country and the world.

If the units or blocks change, the whole picture changes.

Positive change is never easy. It’s like flowing against the stream. But once you change, you find that it was worth the effort – it brings you more comfort and happiness.

After going through this post on making an attempt to change the world, are you courageous enough to take the initiative? Wouldn’t you like to be a part of a better world, and do something about it?

So, let’s join hands to make this world a better place, for you, me, and everyone else. 🙂

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ~ Margaret Mead

Over to You –

Do you believe you can make a difference to the world? How do you think you can contribute to the betterment of the world? What are the other ways to change the world that you would suggest? Share in the comments.

 

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  1. Shalu Sharma

    September 12, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Good topic on changing the world. However, we live in violent times. We see violence all the time, around us, its just everywhere. But no one seems to be bothered. When we watch TV, its all riots, war and other crimes on the news. Its making us immune, we’re just turning a blind eye to all of the things happening. Now we don’t even get surprised by it.

    But as you say, if we all change, starting with ourselves then the world will change for sure. I like the way you have made it SIMPLE. We can start with ourselves for the betterment of the world.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 2:21 am

      Hi Shalu,

      I’m glad you liked the topic. 🙂

      It becomes more relevant in present times when the world is gripped with violence. At the base of violence is hatred, lack of love, misunderstandings, lack of tolerance, frustrations, and severed complexes. All these problems originate as personal issues and then they are accepted and spread in the community or society. If these are tackled at the personal level, you’ll be able to more effectively root out the problem. The best thing would be for the person to initiate a change in herself or himself.

      You’re so right in your observation that we’ve become immune to the news about crime and violence, and that’s NOT okay. We shouldn’t let such issues become a “new normal”. Turning a blind eye is like running away from the problems, which will get more severe with time if not attended to and treated properly in time.

      Yes, we need to start with ourselves. Love is the antidote to hatred. I remember a quote that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind. Violence and wars are no solutions. I understand this is a topic that can be endlessly debated upon, but in the end, we need to do our part, and hope for the best!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and views about this important issue that concerns all of us. 🙂

      • Debasmita

        September 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm

        Hey Harleena…

        You have chosen a topic that best suits the present scenario…

        Discrimination, violence, atrocities against women and the other issues you have mentioned are spreading like a fire worldwide and polluting it…

        Humanity seems to be depleting from the society of late…specially the violence against women that we come across every single day is of great concern for all of us…

        But just being an audience and merely worrying about the situation and commenting on that is not going to change anything…You have correctly stated that ‘Changing ourself, changing your life only then can we change the world’…

        I really liked the six SIMPLE ways to change and you have wonderfully explained them…:)

        I feel this post conveys a great message to all who are willing to do something to bring about a change and make the world a better place to live!!!

        • Harleena Singh

          September 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

          Hi Debasmita,

          Welcome to the blog! Sure there are many issues that pollute today’s world, and women have become more vulnerable, but need to keep believing in humanity and keep expecting people to act according to that.

          While we do that and keep our attitude positive, we should also take proactive steps to deal with the problem at its base and take out the weed by its roots.

          I’m glad you like the article and share the same viewpoint.

          Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  2. Susan Neal

    September 12, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Ah – Harleena, I’m sorry to have to say that, much as I’d love a good argument, I DO agree with everything you say in this post! Great advice and another lovely acronym to help us remember your tips – you’re very good at those 🙂

    This made me think of the Michael Jackson song that’s called something like “Man in the Mirror”, which is all about changing the world by changing yourself.

    To your list of the world’s greatest problems, I think I’d add “Mental illness” or psychological distress – though you might include this under “Lifestyle diseases”. There’s certainly a plague of conditions like depression and anxiety in the developed world – for example, the frighteningly high rates of suicide, which is one of the main causes of death amongst young men.

    I like the way you’ve included changing our personality, because people often have the false belief that they are the way they are and nothing can be done about it, when nothing could be further from the truth. I believe we all have the capacity to change for the better, by finding the best in ourselves – and also seeing the best and the potential in others.

    It’s very easy to become disheartened about the state the world is in, particularly if you get hooked into the rolling 24 hour news, but we’re certainly not going to change the world just by getting depressed and moaning about how terrible everything is. Although as individuals there are limitations to what we can achieve, we need to start where we are and do what we can to make the world a better place, even if it’s only by giving someone a smile or a helping hand, as Mayura talked about in his beautiful post.

    Thanks very much for another inspirational read, Harleena – if I may say so, you definitely do your bit to make the world a brighter, better place 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 2:50 am

      Hi Susan,

      When I took up this topic, I knew there will be diverse thoughts and opinions about it. Looking at the present scenario when all the corners of the world are battling and battered with crime and violence, changing the world on a personal level might appear to many as nuisance. But the fact remains, that all big or small, simple or great changes begin from the individual persons – at individual level. Good that you reminded of the Michael Jackson song, I think that would strengthen my point of view.

      I very much agree that mental illness is on unprecedented rise in this century and our faulty lifestyle certainly can be responsible for much of it. Thanks for adding it, and yes I’d call it a lifestyle disease.

      I think we need to understand that our personality is just a mask that we can change anytime we want and we will to. More so, the personal qualities need to be developed and honed for a better and successful life. The people who, as you mention, have the false belief do always suffer, and many don’t realize it because the suffering becomes a “normal” condition for them – it’s like those who live in darkness cannot appreciate light, and furthermore they begin to believe that darkness is their world – what to do with them? Remind them, again and again, and try to convince them, I guess. I too, like you, believe in self improvement and personal development.

      You’re absolutely right, what we need to do is take action and do whatever is in our hands to make a difference, like as your examples. Of course, we’ve limitations, but most of the times these limits are self-imposed and we don’t realize that we can do much more than we think.

      I do hope this post sends more of an inspirational message than a controversy. Thanks for your kinds words, and your efforts to add value to the post and make it more meaningful. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  3. Susan Neal

    September 12, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Hi Harleena – I do think this is a very inspirational and empowering post. It’s good to remind people that they CAN make a difference and that changing the world always begins with changing ourselves 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks again for your appreciation. Yes, I can do my bit, and remind others, and hope for the best to happen. 🙂

      By the way, I’m reading some interesting and very critical comments too! So, opinions are as many as the people, we must respect them all. 🙂

      Take care.

  4. ologundudu Abraham

    September 12, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Hi harleena

    Indeed the world can be a better place. I always tell people that if they want to change the world, they should start from themselves and extend it to their immediate environment.

    Talking about racism, i started a project on my blog few months back, i call it “my single story”. I shared stories of people who had been stereotyped because of their culture, beliefs, etc. Even though i have not reached my project goal, I’m happy that I’m making efforts to create awareness about the harm that discrimination brings to the society.

    Thanks for this post.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Abraham,

      You’re doing the right thing – in fact, it’s the wisest thing to do. Invoke the fire within and then spread it to the surroundings.

      Thanks for informing about your project on racism, which sounds interesting, and I’d like to know the result or your conclusion after the project ends.

      Discrimination is bad and stereotyping others or getting stereotyped yourself just on the basis of difference in beliefs is bad too – it should never be the reason for a negative judgement or assessment. Beliefs are as many as the number of people, and it’s okay for them to be different from each other. What really matters is whether the end result is good or bad.

      Nice to know that you’re making a difference in form of creating awareness. I too try to do the same.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and experiences. I appreciate it. 🙂

  5. Jennifer Kennedy

    September 12, 2013 at 4:15 am

    This has been on my mind a lot recently. And, I totally agree with change starting from within.

    I’d like to start with changing my mind on how I view people. I tend to have preconceived ideas of what a person is like before I get to know them. Most of the time I end up being wrong, and am pleasantly surprised. I wouldn’t want someone to do that to me, and am working hard on not bringing that forth when I meet people the first time.

    I’ve also taken to environmental issues — changing how much stuff I use on a daily basis. I used to live in Africa and made due with much less than I have now. I accumulate so much stuff, most of which I could live without.

    In addition to less stuff, I’d like to start recycling more, using products that have less impact on the environment, and buying more local foods.

    I do believe small changes can make a larger impact. Thanks for the reminder of how we have much more power than we give ourself credit for!

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      It’s totally a mind game, isn’t it? You change your thoughts and the world changes for you, and you see new ways, opportunities, and ideas that weren’t possible before. I agree with your preference to start with changing your mind. I understand that you do get surprising revelations that rubbishes our assumptions at times. Just in the previous comment we’re talking about discrimination and stereotypes – how bad they can be. I’m not trying to be religious, but being non-judgmental is the way to go, I hope you too agree!

      I think it happens to most of us that over a period we accumulate so many things that we can do without. Not only do we waste our money, we clutter our house and sometimes unknowingly even promote environmental hazards. I appreciate your resolution on the environmental issues.

      You’re right – the small drops accumulate and form an ocean over time, so every small effort and gesture for better change helps create a better world!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing such wonderful thoughts and views. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  6. Bren (Pibbles & Me)

    September 12, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Very interesting piece Harleena.

    I think we all would like to think we can change the world, however, can that really happen? As you know, I’m a pit bull advocate and love spreading awareness and education. Have I changed the world? No, but I have changed the perception of pit bulls in several people’s eyes and for the better. So although I’m not reaching the entire world, I feel I am making a difference for a few.

    Nice piece!

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Bren,

      I’m glad you liked the post. I always believe the if we think, we can, or at least we can try to, because nothing happens without trying. So, I think if we’re consistent and determined and keep on trying, we do make small changes and impact each time that results in substantial change over a period. To answer your question if we can change the world – yes, but can we do it overnight or in a short period – may be no.

      I believe you do make the efforts to change the world by spreading awareness and education, may be it isn’t very apparent, but yes, you do change the world, even if it’s an iota of change! You managed to change people’s perception of pit bulls, so you did make a difference!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and experiences, and I’m happy to know that you’re one of the change makers. 🙂

  7. Dana

    September 12, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Well today certainly is a fitting day to discuss change isn’t it?

    My favorite part of this post was “The change in the world starts with YOU!”. It’s true – but tough for many to understand.

    This is because we’ve been living in a society that tends to get lost in playing the role of the victim. As things ‘out there’ continue to get louder, it helps to realize that the whole ‘out there’ thing is a messenger – reflecting back to us what and how we’ve been thinking while offering us the opportunity to become aware of how we view ourselves and the world.

    And we look for solutions outside of us to fix the problems we have created through our own focus.

    I appreciate when anyone discusses personal responsibility, and this is another reason why I enjoyed this post. I learned, not too long ago to be honest, that the best way to change the world is to be the example.

    It reminds me of the oxygen mask on the plane –
    When I was little, I remember thinking it was mean and selfish for the parent to focus on their own mask first. It seemed cruel and heartless, but then again, I thought like a victim.

    But from my current perspective, it makes perfect sense. You can’t give away what you don’t have. The parent can’t assist their child if they’re struggling to breathe.

    How can one be an asset to the world if they’re a liability to themselves?
    I say, heal thyself. Then one can be in a position to offer the level of consciousness that would be the solution to the problems that created this crazy-ass chaotic world.

    Sue mentioned Man in the Mirror. That’s a great example.
    Awesome post 😉

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Dana,

      I didn’t plan to have the post on this day, but then it’s good it happened as this day is a reminder to all of us that we need to change the world and bring peace into it. And that begins with me and you!

      Most of the people in the world are very self-centric, but ironically they don’t believe that the change too starts with their self. You’re right that everything out there is a projection of our thoughts and mind. I believe in the maxim that we become what we think. The violence out there is a sign that we should learn to calm our mind and be at peace with ourselves. It would make a difference, don’t you think so?

      You’re right in that all the solutions lie within us that we in vain try to look outside. I believe if and when quite a substantial number of people become aware and responsible, the world would change to become a better place. So, we must try to spread the message to as many people as possible.

      It’s good to be a role model, but as you say that the parents can only impart as much they know. So first, the parents need to educate or heal themselves. So rightly put.

      If you’re a solved person, then only will you be able to help others solve the mystery of self, and the related problems. And for that, you need to go deep within. 🙂

      Thanks Dana for such wonderful thoughts and interesting discussion, it surely adds value to the post. I appreciate your time and effort. 🙂

  8. Sylviane Nuccio

    September 12, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Well, I’m glad that you mentioned that governments won’t be the answer to change the world. The only ones that can change the world is the people – the inhabitants of this planet – by changing their habits, mind, personalities and so forth, as you so well mentioned.

    Sometimes I think that the human being is the only living being that likes to create its own little hell. What a shame! We have a wonderful brain and we can do wonders, yet we go to war, pollute, kill, steal hurt each other… should I go on? So we need posts like this one.

    Let’s spread it to the universe! Thank 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Sylviane,

      I think the governments can help if they want to, but then they’ve their own selfish motives and plans to survive that they overlook or sometime even promote such problems in the world. I think if all of us just try to better our own lives and of those near and surrounding us, this itself will make a deep positive impact on the world.

      You’re right that no other living being is as self-destructive as us humans! We can’t use fully our most prized possession, the brain, because our minds are not in control. We can’t control our vague thoughts, selfish desires, and irresponsible actions.

      So, as rightly mentioned in one of the quotes on the post, before attempting to change the world, you need to get your head together!

      Let’s keep making the efforts and hope for the best. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing such inspirational thoughts and ideas. I appreciate it very much. 🙂

  9. Perambur Kumar

    September 12, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Excellent Tips for Changing the World.

    But Harleena mam I tell one thing. If you follow the above rules then you can’t make money and live happily is my humble opinion.If you’re 24 carat gold then you can’t make ornaments. You have to mix some copper into it. Then only you can make some ornaments like rings, necklace and so on.

    I don’t know about other countries. But for India the above said advice is not possible and people not in a mood to accept this. They want money, money and money only for that they can do anything and everything in their lives and another thing. You can me can’t change this world. Yes you’re right every person should change voluntarily. But it is almost impossible in India. Food Prices are increasing, Petrol and Diesel Prices are increasing and so on. Before changing yourself, first change this corrupted government(s). Then everything will change automatically.

    Harleena like me you’re also a good human being helping others. But sadly telling my sister. This post is not fit for Indians. Some of the people clearly know if they do bad things or in other words illegal income they can send to jail at any time. But cost of living and their family force to do that bad things, illegal things. So we can’t blame people for this. First our country politicians must change then everything will be alright is my humble opinion.

    The post is superb. No doubt or second opinion on it. But the thing is it not becoming reality that too in the Indian environment.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Hi Kumar,

      Thanks for your doubts, questions, and views. I’d first like to repeat a quote that I’ve mentioned in the post: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The author of this quote is none other than Mahatma Gandhi himself, an Indian.

      We can limit ourselves or rise to great heights with our thoughts. Though I never use the word “impossible”, but if you do, then it means that either you’re not aware of your own potential or you just don’t want to make the efforts.

      Money is a byproduct, which you receive at the end of a process, whose real product should be happiness. Money is essential, but not at the expense of your or others’ lives, and I’m sure you’ll agree to this. Don’t say that you can goto any level for money, yes, some people do, and you know that is wrong.

      People at different levels of consciousness and thoughts think differently. The educational, cultural, and surrounding environment too plays an important part in shaping our thoughts and minds. If your “self” is 24 carat gold, then you put your “mind” or copper in it, and make the best of yourself. The mind plays an important role.

      As you yourself indirectly mention, the need of the hour is to shift your focus from money, don’t let it make you a victim or an animal dancing to its music. I can understand your feelings that you cannot change the world, but you can take your own responsibility, can’t you? Your credibility is at stake. Everything is possible in India, so as to say; what stops you? Your limiting thoughts, I’d say.

      Ah, the prices will forever rise, it has been the scenario for donkey’s years and will keep happening even after we leave this world. You can’t blame the government, as that is itself chosen by you. May be you didn’t vote for this particular government, but do you think a government of your choice will be able to change things around differently? Governments are corrupt because it’s officials and ministers are corrupt, and they’re simple persons like us. It’s only if we change, then we’ll elect the right person, and then it will be a good government, and then probably we may see the good changes. So it starts with you – if you don’t change yourself, even the next government you choose might be as useless as the present one!

      This post is not for any specific country, but I believe it is relevant to people living in all corners of the world. Remember, a person does not become bad due to circumstances or situations, in fact the person has lack of control over her or his mind and self. At the core and the base, I’m convinced that it’s the people who’re to be blamed and responsible, whether it be in India or any other international territory.

      I’m sure you’ll take this discussion in the right spirit and try to make a difference – and believe me, you might surprise yourself as your thoughts change, your perceptive and the picture before your eyes might too change – it’s all a mind game! 🙂

      Thanks for initiating this interesting discussion and I’m sure this will make a difference to somebody, somewhere. 🙂

  10. Lee Sinclair

    September 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Judging by your post, you are very young and very naive. Every solution you list is complete nonsense. Especially donate to charity. Do you know how much money employees of charities make? Look up how much the CEO and CFO of all those charities make … they thoroughly line their own pockets and needy people see nothing of those donations.
    You should not be writing about these things, with all your “make it better solutions” you come across as a complete idiot.

    • Susan Neal

      September 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Hello Lee,

      I’m afraid I find your comment very rude and offensive – even if you disagree with some of the points Harleena makes in this post, what gives you the right to call her an ‘idiot’? You obviously don’t know her very well. From my own experience of Harleena, anyone less idiotic would be hard to find. If you ever find yourself in need of charity, you may have cause to eat your words.

      • Harleena Singh

        September 13, 2013 at 1:36 am

        Hi Sue,

        Thank you for your support – I appreciate that a great deal. Yes, Lee’s comment took me a little by surprise too, but I guess perhaps he didn’t really mean what he said, so I shouldn’t take it personally. He seems to have problems of his own or might be disturbed about something.

        Thanks once again for being there. 🙂

      • Malika Bourne

        September 17, 2013 at 11:14 pm

        Susan, I agree with you about Lee’s comment.thank you for taking a stand. Harleena wrote a lovely post which I see very valuable to me and many others.

        • Harleena Singh

          September 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

          I know this was addressed to Susan, and she might reply in a while, but I also wanted to thank you for your support Malika. Means a lot to me 🙂

        • Susan Neal

          September 20, 2013 at 12:13 am

          Hi Malika – I’m so grateful to you for confirming my own feelings about this. I think Harleena has been very gracious in her response to such a harsh message. Many thanks for speaking up 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Welcome to the blog Lee!

      Wow, I’ve never received such a comment before and that makes me wonder whether you are facing any problems in your life to have such bitter or negative feelings.

      Judging by your comment, it seems you’ve been hurt a lot and are truly frustrated by the events happening in your life, some of which may be spiraled out of your control and turned you to think this way. But I shouldn’t judge or make assumptions just by reading your comment, though it’s not only me Lee, as you can read the numerous other comments where everybody agrees that the change starts with YOU!

      You may be right about some charitable organizations that you’ve had bad experience with, but then you cannot generalize that, can you? As I wrote in the previous comment – it’s all a mind game, and we need to control that first – our thoughts! Have faith in yourself and the belief that you’ve the potential to change yourself and the world. 🙂

      Thanks for your views and I hope you start to think more positively. Wish you all the best in your life. 🙂

  11. Nate Leung

    September 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Hi Harleena,

    The government isn’t going to change the world. They have their own issues to deal with. Can this be a better place? Absolutely. I’m almost confident there is such much good in this world, that we do not know about. As you know the media always perceives the bad. What about the good? I’ve always believed that there’s so much good in the world, it’s just not publicized. As for me being an entrepreneur, I can change one person at a time. I do what I can to contribute to make the world a better place. Thank you for the reminder!

    • Harleena Singh

      September 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      Hi Nate,

      That’s very honestly put – the governments have their own issues to deal with! Actually every government is basically a political party that wants to stay in power for as long as possible, and takes only the decisions that makes this possible. The responsibility is left with us citizens, the people, to spread the goodness.

      I believe you when you say that there is so much of good in the world, and probably that is why it is still existing and not completely destroyed by now. I agree that media is basically commercial, so it has different motives, and it knows what sells!

      Talking about change, even if you’re able to influence one person at a time, I think that is great and really a great contribution to the world.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insights to make the world a better place to live in. 🙂

  12. Pramod

    September 12, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Excellent post Harleena !

    You may have seen on television how people gathered at public places after the 21/11 Mumbai incident ,after damini rape incident .Every incident has been incited by few bad elements of the society and apart from punishing those culprits , government can’t do much.People that gathered at the public places were well aware of peace,harmony,humanity..etc and are considered to be the good section of the society.You said it right , people in the society should change themselves.

    Thanks for sharing the information .

    • Harleena Singh

      September 13, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Hi Pramod,

      I don’t think we can blame the government for every crime, murder, or rape that takes place. The government doesn’t do that, but its the people. People do say that the government should create a scare that would stop people committing such crimes, but do you think that itself is sufficient enough?

      The real solution as you mention is that the people in the society should change themselves, and they should help change others too. If the people are not able to control their anger, desires, urges, and the monkey mind, the problems will continue. That’s why, the change has to start with us – every individual.

      Thanks for your thoughts and views on this issue. 🙂

  13. Kumar Chandan

    September 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Hi Harleena mam,

    Indeed, it is a very interesting topic to discuss over.

    Yes, world is problematic and if we are living in the world then all its problems are ours. We can’t avoid those as they are associated with us. All problems start with us and end with us. Means, our problems mean a problem for the world.

    We cannot solve all the problems of the world but we can reduce those by reducing our problems. We can change the world a bit making an effort a bit.
    I like your SIMPLE ways for changing world what make the world a better place to live. One thing for sure, the SIMPLE is not as much simple as it looks. Changing our self is a big deal and need huge efforts and supports. Though, The steps are really cool and useful.

    Thank you very much for sharing SIMPLE. 🙂
    Have a nice week. 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 13, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Hi Kumar Chandan,

      This is really turning out to be one of the most intensely discussed posts on my blog. 🙂

      You’ve been able to understand the crux of the post by saying this – “We cannot solve all the problems of the world but we can reduce those by reducing our problems.”

      I agree the SIMPLE ways are not indeed very simple – it’s not easy to change yourself. But with practice and efforts, it is possible.

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful insights and beautiful thoughts. I appreciate them. 🙂

  14. sumanth

    September 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Nice article and respect for the way you think Harleena,

    But people are totally contaminated by the way of the society. Everyone lives for money and dies for the money. NO one cares about love and respect. People are giving respect only if they fear. They care only if there is enough publicity. Take Delhi (rape incident ) as an example, people responded like they care and many similar incidents happened, but there is not as much reaction as the previous incident. People must change their ways. However it’s too late to think that we can change the world on our own. Even Mahatma Gandhi can’t bring peace right now, in this kind of society.

    But I still believe that I can change this damn world one way or the other and above feelings are like a state of confusion in my mind. Anyway Harleena thanks for sharing your wonderful views with us. And sorry if I’m harsh and boring. Thank you once again.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 13, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Hi Sumanth,

      I respect your views, but I hope you understand that the people only make up the society. So it’s the people themselves responsible for their state and they cannot blame the society for that. I think if someone lives or dies for money, it’s the person’s personal choice and nobody has enforced the person to be such or do so. There are also people who shun the money and stick to their ideals, principles, or their happy way of life.

      I think when we live with a particular thought for sometime, we begin believing that it is the world, and see that thought project itself everywhere. If we feel and think good, then we see goodness everywhere. The popular saying seems apt here that the person suffering from jaundice sees yellow everywhere.

      The world will change when most people start acting responsibly and bring about a change in themselves. It’s never too late. I think one should never let this belief fail that one person can make a difference. I’m glad that you still believe in yourself and that is what’s required to keep yourself above all the confusion and dilemma of the mind.

      Thanks for your interesting thoughts and views, and I’m glad you shared them with us all. 🙂

  15. Reginald

    September 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Harleena.

    For me, I just practice to be a better person; stop hating, envy etc as much as I can. I am not a good person in the past but I had changed. not going to repeat such but … It takes time right? 🙂

    Nice write and a MUST share 😉

    • Harleena Singh

      September 13, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Hi Reginald,

      From what you’ve shared, it appears that you’ve changed a lot and contributed positively to the world. Even trying to be a better person and avoiding negative feelings and thoughts are also about making a difference.

      Yes, the change process takes time, but its worth the wait! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and views. 🙂

  16. Lisa

    September 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Excellent topic Harleena,

    You may not change the whole world but the world around us can be changed if we do one thing to inspire others. Changing those “intentions” into a reality is key. Many people have good intentions but they never put them into action. I really like to believe I inspire others to do more with their lives. It’s a good feeling when someone does something more and than says thank you for that 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Lisa!

      I’m glad you like the topic. Yes, I agree with you and you say it so nicely that we can change the world around us by doing one inspiring thing – that’s beautiful!

      You’re right again that it is essential to put your good and positive intentions to good and positive actions.

      You really help people and spread goodness in a way. Thank you for doing that and for contributing in the efforts to change the world.

      I’m glad that you stopped by and shared your thoughts with us. I appreciate it. 🙂

  17. Babanature

    September 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Hello Harleena,
    You know, the world have truly forgotten the true meaning of change. Thanks for bringing this topic to remember us about the meaning :).

    To change the world is never about trying to change someone else’s life, it is about changing yourself, making your self a better you. Trying to make your self better will definitely change that other man beside you and that’s how change can truly starts :).

    As you said; Our personality can truly play a big roll in what ever we do…
    Thanks for the lovely post, it was truly a brilliant read :). Have a best week ahead 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Babanature,

      I believe change is never lost, never forgotten, and it never stops. It’s we who get lost, get lazy, and become irresponsible.

      You’re right – change is like the domino effect, one push and then there’s a chain reaction. So, all we need to do is push ourselves to change for the better. That’s a simple solution, isn’t it? 🙂

      I’m glad you liked the post and thank you for sharing such wonderful thoughts. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  18. Jitendra vaswani

    September 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Awesome post Harleena Ji,

    First we need to change our mind, change our lifestyle, we are blindly following western culture, youth are diverted to wrong path. In India crime rate is increasing like hell. We need to bring that change in ourselves, we need a positive attitude in ourself.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Jitendra,

      Welcome to my blog! I think since we’re talking about global problems here which are of about the same nature everywhere, we shouldn’t be targeting any particular culture. The logic is that if you do or accept anything, it is only out of your choice – nobody forces you. But if you’ve a strong mind, you’ll make better choices, and no matter what and how the influences are, you’ll do your thing.

      I appreciate when you talk about bringing change and adopting a positive attitude, and I hope you mean to extend that to all kinds of notions that we have and actions we do.

      Thanks for stopping by sharing your views and your thoughts on changing the world. 🙂

  19. Debbie

    September 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, quite a discussion going on here. I am with you 1 person can change the world or there town, city or country.

    One smile can change another persons day. Love is the answer. The world has love in it and it has evil or hate in it. If one person can spread the love more than another spreading evil. Good can overcome evil. It all start many times with that one person willing to move forward for good. Taking a chance!

    As I read what is happening on the internet we as people of the world can really start changing things, one blogger at a time.

    Countries and water does not separate us anymore.

    As you say, Love with respect is a great start. How about if everyone loves a new person everyday?
    Thanks Harleena again.
    Hugs
    Debbie

    • Harleena Singh

      September 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Hi Debbie,

      Yes, I had no idea that this post would inspire so many, and that so many people would be contributing so inspiring thoughts. I’m glad we’re all having a discussion on things that demand immediate attention but are often ignored.

      You’re so right – even one smile can make a day for somebody, and one positive energy that makes everything positive is love. It’s a delicate balance of love and hate in this world, but believe me that love always wins even if it may not appear so, and we shouldn’t loose our belief and faith in it, isn’t it? 🙂

      I think blogging is a boon to the modern world – if it weren’t there, I might not have known that we think alike, and now we can double fold our efforts to spread positivism and work towards change.

      You always come up with simple but brilliant solutions and really if everyone starts loving a new person everyday, hatred will really have a tough time existing in the world. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your golden wisdom with us all. I really appreciate your contribution to the post. 🙂

  20. Jeevan Jacob John

    September 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Interesting topic, Harleena 🙂

    Yes, there are lot of problems with this world (Well, not the world, just our species. Do any other species destroy itself to survive? We fight among ourselves for petty reasons. We claim that we are superior to other species within the planet, but are we really doing anything to help the planet?).

    We need to address many of these issues – especially the problems concerning environment (we are nearing the tipping points, so small actions are no longer good enough; need to make bigger choices). Environment and life style are closely related. Many of the technologies we have today seriously hurts our environment (although we don’t like to think of it that way). So, we must be careful when choosing lifestyle choices.

    I think the main problem is that people don’t feel that social responsibility. They feel responsible for their family, but beyond that someone else has to take care (like government). I see people complaining in SM sites and everywhere about corrupt politicians. It’s not like we can do better, is it? If we were in that position, we would also (most likely) do the same thing (because we are all selfish, to different levels). And, of course, complaining isn’t going to solve anything. If we want to solve our problems, we have to take action.

    Agree with your six ways 🙂 People certainly need to change their mindset and all 😀

    (I am arguing for all this, but I am also not doing much to confront any of these problems. Sure, I plan to do it in the future, is that good enough? I need to assess what I can do now, and do it!).

    We also need to watch what we teach our kids (these days, all our biases, ideas are also passed down to the kids, which make it harder to solve these problems, especially ones concerning race and discrimination). Better schools, perhaps? Schools need to teach kids to question what they learn/believe and assess their biases, not blindly follow the society.

    That’s all I have right now. I could continue with my rant, but perhaps I should wait for your reply 😉

    Anyways, thank you for the post, Harleena 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Jeevan,

      Oh yes, I agree with you – we humans are so different and special, in that we not only destroy others but also our own selves. This reminds me of a famous story of a woodcutter who axes off the same branch where he sat on.

      I’d not be that critical to say that everybody’s like that and that there’re no good men or women left who take care of our planet, but there numbers are for sure less than the ones who’re absolutely carefree, careless, and least bothered about their responsibility, duty, and the impact of their actions.

      There’s no option but to change our lifestyle, and you’re right that it’s time for big plan of action. For example, most countries aren’t still able to phase out the refrigeration HFC gas, which is known to create severe damage to the ozone. If government is helpless, then shouldn’t people take initiatives and bring out a revolution – after all, it’s a matter of life and death, sooner or later. So the solution is that the fire ignites in people’s mind.

      I agree when you say that many of today’s technologies hurt us and our environment – take mobiles for example, everybody suffers from radiation hazards, yet we either don’t accept the fact, find the reasons as baseless, or intentionally ignore it because we find no other substitute as we’re so dependent on mobiles, besides the fact that there’s a strong mobile lobby just like the oil one. The social responsibility doesn’t have to set in only after you or your family suffers, you also need to own up the global responsibility, right?

      But for a common man who feels limited and powerless, the suggestion is to exercise SIMPLE changes that will change the world for him. Corruption is in our mind and hearts, if we cleanse them, that’ll take care of the corruption, don’t you think so? Even Anna couldn’t do much because he was targeting the trunk and not the root of the problem. You’re absolutely spot on when you state that we’re all selfish at different levels, and if we’re weak minded, we would probably do the same as those corrupt people.

      It’s not complaining – it’s discussing, and such discussions are like striking two stones against each other, and hoping that maybe a spark generates such that it ignites fire in someone’s mind, and so forth on, until everybody’s on a tipping point – and that’s the time of burst of a revolution, like what happened in the Egypt and elsewhere.

      I think it’s good enough even if you take each step at a time, and gradually complete the SIMPLE change process. Every step is worth, as you inch towards your goal. Once you take up the responsibility to be a better role model, you find it easier to change, and you need to do that for kids’ sake. Better school? NO, I’d say better teachers, who’re self conscious and really practice the good things that we intend to impart to kids.

      I liked your rant and am happy that this post gave you a reason and opportunity to air your thoughts. I hope this makes a difference somewhere, to somebody, and maybe to us too.

      Thanks for giving your quality time for a quality contribution. I really appreciate it and wish you have a great weekend ahead. 🙂

      • Jeevan Jacob John

        September 22, 2013 at 2:12 am

        Indeed. It is sad though 🙁 We could just hope that things will change (and at the same time, helps ourselves to start that change, or perhaps boost the change that is already happening).

        Indeed, people need to take action. Most people just have lot of excuses in mind, like they aren’t able to do it (Some people might be excused, like those who are disabled, but what about others? We need to do a better job of teaching social responsibility).

        Yes, of course. Powerful Lobbies everywhere, people who just care only about money. I am wondering, don’t these businessmen care about what happens to their families (their families and friends should be using the same products, right?).

        Indeed. I think the power of non-violence has been reduced, particularly in India, since many has used it to meet their own agendas. As for feeling powerless, we should try and teach people to not feel powerless; Teach in our schools that one person can make the difference, and that one person can be you!

        Yes, I do get that. But, that’s not enough, right? We have been discussing for a long time (Especially on issues, such as poverty). We could have “solved” these issues many years ago, if we had taken direct action. People need to learn to get past their differences (especially, nations and such. Nations were created out of man’s greed for power. Right now, it is essential that those things exist – governing the entire world at once is hard – even for the smartest tactician of the world).

        I agree that every step is useful, but in some issues, it is time that we take drastic measures.

        I hope that too 😉 I do hope to do something, change this world for good 😀 Hopefully, I will be able to do that.

        No mention, Harleena 🙂 Sorry for the late reply. As I have mentioned earlier, I am not getting any reply emails from your blog.

  21. Adrienne

    September 13, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Another powerful and uplifting post. You are so right and pretty much everyone agrees with you accept Lee that it all starts with you. He sounds like he has some serious issues. 🙁

    Any type of change that’s happened in our world today started with us, the people. We took a stand and stood up for what we believed in and that’s how things start to change. If we don’t believe in ourselves or that we can make a difference then people will continue to sit at home and blame those around them or large corporations and even the government.

    We the people voted them in so who is to blame? Yeah, it all starts with us so unless we change that attitude we all have nothing will ever change, including the world we live in.

    ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      I’m glad you like the post and yes, it all starts with ourselves, which is really difficult to accept for some.

      That’ it – you need to believe and take a stand! So rightly put. Blaming is so easy and convenient – whether blaming other people or the government rather than taking the responsibility yourself.

      It’s so ironical that people vote for the government and later curse it, rather than blame themselves. I’m glad you agree that the government is “by” the people, and its up to the people to make it “for” the people.

      It’s so important to believe in change and that we can too do it – that attitude change is the key, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping and sharing your revolutionary ideas and they all make sense – we can change the world. I really appreciate your contribution and I’m sorry that my reply comes a but late, but better later than never. 🙂

  22. Jennifer Jinright

    September 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Hi, Harleena

    We do need to stop waiting for others to change the world. Each of us probably has one cause that burns us up when we hear or read about it..and speak about it to friends and family.

    I just today day have comitted myself to starting a support group/agency in my area in relation to my burning cause. I don’t want to say too much since I am just barely starting to plan. My hope is to have it in a funding stage by first of the year.

    Thanks for the extra inspiration! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      Can’t agree with you more! We can’t wait for others, instead we need to initiate the change in the world. You’re right in that we probably are perturbed about somethings and really want a change but just can’t commit ourselves to the cause.

      But, it’s so good to hear that you’ve committed yourself to a cause, and such is the initiative that we all need to take. I wish you all the best for it. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wonderful thoughts. Have a great weekend ahead! 🙂

  23. Ahsan

    September 13, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Hello Harleena Singh,

    Its the ideal time to change me, ourselves, society. All are linked with each other. But when i see news in TV there are all negative news. By seeing chaos, violence, road accident regularly we are just losing our humanity. Now we don’t cry if we see anyone going to die. Its really shocking. So we need to start from today.

    The process is very simple as you mentioned here. Start changing from ourselves, then the whole society will change 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Ahsan,

      I’m glad you agree with the post, and I too agree with you that the change in the world should start from today, and from us.

      Yes, it’s sad to see the world getting engulfed by all the negativity around, and its important that we bring a change in the society.

      Thanks for stopping by and supporting the cause. I appreciate it. have a great weekend ahead. 🙂

  24. Donna Merrill

    September 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Excellent article Harleena!

    I strongly believe we can change the world by changing ourselves. I love the quote “Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

    One of the things that is my pet peeve is when people are silent. If there is a conversation going on about prejudice, and we are silent, we are part of that energy. Many people fear what the next guy is going to say if we stand up to this. I have no fear! There is a saying “Silence equals death.” and that always crosses my mind.

    Also, if we are grateful and have humility in our personalities, we can be a fine example to those around us. We can change the world one piece at a time as long as we are aware of the responsibility we carry in every word and action.

    I remember one time I was standing in a line and ahead of me was a toddler with her parents. She was acting up like any other toddler, but her mom smacked her. Then her dad shook her. I acted on reflex and held the child and asked people to call 911. As I waited for the police to come and tell them what was happening, the parents were shoving me. To make a long story short, everyone on line were yelling at me to mind my own business. But it IS my business when a child is being abused. I told the police and the parents tried to press charges against me. I said “Go ahead…I’m not afraid of going to court.” Then charges were dropped. I never knew what happened to that little girl, but at least I tried.

    Change does happen bit by bit!

    -Donna

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Donna,

      I’m glad you agree with my views and the post. It feels good to know that there are many like-minded people out there who think the change should start with themselves and that we can change the world.

      Mahatma Gandhi was an extraordinary example, but the fact is that he was a simple man who use simple ways to change the world. We’re no less, to think of. And I totally agree with you that the least we can do, is to speak up – be fearless, be courageous, be responsible and speak up!

      You’re so brave and so right – silence equals death – there couldn’t anything worse than silence. It’s like accepting and giving your permission to atrocities and injustice. I totally admire the stand you took in the incident you mentioned in the comment – it’s definitely not our or their business when you see a child getting mistreated. The child can’t speak for himself or herself, so somebody has to and I’m glad you did what you did. Bravo! I’m so proud of you. 🙂

      This also brings on focus the sad state of affairs of parenting – I feel like every person needs to be trained before becoming a parent, it’s such a responsible task.

      We need more people like you who can take the initiative the bring the change, and every person, and every positive act does matter. I’m so glad you stopped by and shared your inspiring thoughts and experiences. I really appreciate it very much and wish that you’ve a happy weekend ahead! 🙂

  25. Katherine G

    September 14, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I thought this was a great post. Yes beginning to change the world is as simple as you wrote. You have to start somewhere.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Katherine,

      I’m glad you agree with the post, and I agree with what you’ve to say about changing the world.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a great weekend!

  26. Mayura

    September 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Jus’ A-W-E-S-O-M-E and inspiring indeed 🙂 This is kind of a post I’d love to read and I think we all need to act on this more!

    I’ve read it once and tweeted 🙂 But again came over here to comment, but couldn’t help reading it over again. Even, comments too.

    Alright, back to the post 😉

    I believe I MUST do something good to the World and do as I can Harleena. Can’t wait for the day I’ll be the person whom I dream of. Who knows about the future? 😉

    I just really love the acronym you came up in this post ~ “SIMPLE”. I find it most powerful as a word itself too and does the SIMPLE “change” approach. Change is what we all YET resisting to, including myself. Need to think and act beyond that. Good reminder for everyone.

    I often wonder when people always give their priority to materials Harleena. Yeah, we can’t ignore materials nowadays. But if we forget other important aspects, we are heading to the wrong way. Just reminding me the video I shared in last guest post.

    Alright, we all have the HOPE that the World will be the same as today for many generations. BUT some statistics prove otherwise. Aren’t we comforting ourselves and lying right to our faces? Head in the clouds!

    We forgot where we live and how we survive. We are totally depend on this World and yet killing her too? You are right! People yet need to be convinced enough. But when it’s too late to realize, the excuses we made won’t help us. Human beings need to be warriors who save the World, not worriers.

    Really?! People debate over race, skin color, gender, religion, cultures and too many other things. Yet they couldn’t forget their old habits and carried within the genes. Eventhough our technology enhanced over centuries, yet our thoughts are in stone ages.

    How true Harleena! Positive change is never easy. You can bring on millions of excuses or others may influence you to take the old habits. We all need constant reminders I guess. But once we master that and find what we couldn’t see, we can help others uncover the truth they couldn’t see too.

    I believe this post can inspire others to think about it Harleena 🙂

    You have a wonderful weekend dear!

    Cheers…

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Mayura!

      You know, it really makes my day when I come to know that someone really liked my efforts and my words, and coming from you is all the more special because you’re always frank, unbiased, and genuine in your thoughts and opinions.

      I’m glad if you’re inspired even a bit by the post. Yes, you’re totally right that it makes no sense waiting for a right time – the right time is NOW, always. If you feel taking care of and giving back to the world, just do it, in anyway you can.

      Mayura, I believe everything is simple, it’s just that we tend to make it complicated. Life is simple, but we make a mess of it, and the world can be simpler and better, but we create chaos and situations that worsen things. If we go back to our true self, we’ll be simple, and simplicity has all the solutions. I’m glad you like the SIMPLE change approach, which indeed is ironically very powerful.

      You’re right – it’s the feelings of empathy and responsibility that we need to carry in our hearts and shoulders, and if you do that, you won’t ever drown yourself in materialism. Of course, no one excepts a person to become a hermit in these days, but being sensible, within limits, and as you say, never forget the important issues and never head the wrong way. That’s simple, isn’t it?

      The world can be a better place if we all try, and yes, we can’t afford to ignore any serious issues. It reminds me of the example I gave in reply to Jeevan’s comment – the story of the woodcutter who cuts the branch on which he was sitting not realizing that he too would fall with it. The same is our state, isn’t it?

      Can’t agree with you more that advancement in technology is no guaranty of advancement in your thoughts too. Most of the world is still stuck in the petty issues and fighting over silly reasons. Moreover, people use the technology to support their evil thoughts born out of their undeveloped minds and irresponsible actions due to not clear understanding and poor education.

      This is very true – we need constant reminders, in fact daily ones! We need to stop making excuses and play our part to change the world. Let’s all help ourselves to help others.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your so wonderful thoughts. I really appreciate the time and efforts you made to put across you views, which definitely contributes to the post and the cause. I wish you have a great and happy weekend. 🙂

  27. B k chowla

    September 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    All of put together can not change the world.However,all we need to do is to be as close to reality as is possible.We need to change ourselves and rest will follow

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Hi BK,

      You’re definitely right when you say that if we change ourselves, the rest will follow. And this is the need of the time, as however possible. But I humble disagree when you say that all of us put together cannot change the world. We can, and we should have the belief and faith. I know you do your bit, and that’s commendable.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  28. Hiten

    September 15, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This was a brilliant post, my friend.

    From my own experiences, I believe that we can create a difference in the world. However, in order to do this, as you explained in your post, we need to ensure that we are emotionally healthy. We need to like like and love ourselves, in order to then see a potentially better world, which we can begin to create.

    Thank you.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Hiten,

      Thanks for the appreciation, it matters when it comes from you.

      I ditto your words, they’re so true. You can only think of contributing a change if you feel good about yourself and believe in yourself. The strength of belief and faith can even move mountains, isn’t it?

      Thanks so much for stopping by and pardon me for my late reply. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂

  29. Angela McCall

    September 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Wow Harleena…

    This is great. I never really thought of it this way. But you’re right. The first change has to be YOU. If you can change yourself, you can change the world.

    S – Change of Self-concept
    I – Change of Intentions
    M – Change of Mind
    P – Change of Personality
    L – Change of Lifestyle
    E – Change of Emotions

    …but you know sometimes a real mind boggler that intrigues me is, why some of the best looking people think they are so ugly when they are not. I mean what do they really see about themselves? If only they can see what I can see. But unfortunately, there are some people who’s mind are so twisted. And these are the people who get complimented a lot and have given privilege so much and yet some people are just downhearted about themselves.

    Acceptance is great. When you accept others, you are less stress about the environment. I can be that way. For instance, I can go to a gay restaurant and not be bothered by what I see. So long as they serve me good food and the food doesn’t have poisons, I believe I’m okay and will not care more what’s going on around me.

    I’m not so sure about changing Personality, tho. I read that the moment the baby reached the age of 7, his/her personality is pretty much established. If you say change your character and attitude towards other people and if that means changing your personality, then I guess it is changing your personality.

    …aaaaaahhhhhh, I’m all for changing your lifestyle. Although I think I have a pretty good health lifestyle, there are some things that I still need to change. I do want to cut drinking coffee and wine. I don’t drink wine every night, just occasionally. And as far as coffee, I would like to substitute something like herb tea. But this is the hardest one for me. I quit drinking at one time. Then I’m back at it again. And so what is this having a cup on your hand…smelling that coffee aroma is addicting. LOL

    Changing my emotions…I can do this pretty good. Whenever I find myself complaining, I tend to focus more on GRATITUDE. Thank God for everything He has done. Thank that there’s a roof on top of my head and that I eat 3x a day. In comparison in a 3rd world country, where I see hunger and famine, I believe I have a LOT to be thanked for. Thank the birds are chirping…the air that I breath…the sunshine that goes through. Changing emotions is pretty easy.

    Great post, Harleena. As always…kudos to you!!! Have a great weekend.

    Angela

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      Hi Angela,

      I’m so glad you like the post and the thoughts. It’s important and possible to adopt a simple change approach to change the world.

      You’re what your mind is, isn’t it? The perspectives and viewpoints that you form can contradict reality. And, that’s where the danger lies. The twisted minds you talk about – such discord from reality and belief in the perception of a world that’s not true can lead a person to speak and act in ways in total contrast to his or her true self.

      Coming to personality, I believe it can always be changed, as its just a mask. You can always learn or unlearn things, and change the way you look, think, act or behave.

      Your ability of tolerance and acceptance is a part of your personality, and this is a positive quality that sure helps you anywhere you go. As you mention in your example, you shouldn’t be bothered about differences all around you – nature is made that way, there’s lot of diversity, yet everything is important, purposeful, and works together meaningfully.

      If we take a few steps in changing our lifestyle, I think not only we ourselves, but even the world would benefit by it because our actions impact the world. I know it’s hard to change habits, or drop your addictions, but I believe that if you’re persistent and do not give up even after a few failures, you can achieve your aim.

      That’s really a beautiful thought – whenever you’re upset, set your thoughts on gratitude. Indeed, we’re and should be grateful for everything in many ways. And, what a coincidence that today is the world gratitude day and the international peace day!

      So, here’s thanking you for stopping by and sharing your thoughtful views and wishing you peace and happiness in your life and that you’ve a great weekend! 🙂

  30. Sherman Smith

    September 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Hey Harleena,

    All I have to say is preach it my sista 🙂 This reminds me of some of the things that Abraham Hicks would say when it comes to this topic. If everyone becomes the change that they want to see, then there will be a change in the world. So often we give full responsibility on the government and politicians to do this for us because we don’t believe that we have enough power to make that change, where in fact we do.

    I don’t believe in right or wrong anyone because each individual have their own beliefs of what’s right and wrong, and this can definitely lead to more problems. I do believe that we should focus on the results that we want though because it’s the common denominator we all can at least focus in order those results. Me and a friend of mine had a discussion on this topic and he brought that up to my attention, so this is a belief I will carry.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Hi Sherman,

      I take it that you like this post and I wish if people don’t just preach but act too, including myself! 🙂

      I’m sorry I had no idea who Abraham Hicks is, but when I researched, I was stuck by their awesomeness. No, I’m nothing in comparison, but I believe my thoughts have value, and anything that purports for betterment of the world and its people is good.

      Yes, we do have the power, and in fact, it’s the power of the people that makes the government. Even if the government stops acting responsible, we should always carry the torch, as we’re the change.

      You’re right that right or wrong are subjective and relative terms. But we all can feel and know absolute goodness and make our inferences and references from it. That’s right, we need to focus on the results, and let people have the freedom to choose their means – if the end is good, so will the means be, right? I think you carry the right belief.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing such valuable and wise thoughts which immensely add value to this post. I wish you’ve a great weekend! 🙂

  31. Adesanmi Adedotun

    September 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    The only constant thing in the world is “CHANGING”, and at the same time I believed that everybody is the architect of his/her own fortune;your way depends on the way you want it to be. Our government can only effect changes in a minimal way, they have to treat everybody equally but our fate is in our hand. Human perspective about certain issue or event will determine what changes it will carries or what the next step is to be. We can make a change without being a subject to anybody be it our Government, parent, siblings, even friends but it all determines on our goal and how to achieve them.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Hi Adesanmi,

      That’s spot on – change is constant!

      Definitely we make our own future. In fact, I believe its the choices we make that decide our future.

      You’re right – each person is capable and empowered, and you don’t really have to depend on any body or the government to do your thing and bring about a change in the world.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing such empowering thoughts. I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend too! 🙂

  32. Sharla

    September 16, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Harleena,

    I happened upon your post in Solid Happiness on Facebook. America’s journey through the last five centuries, as well as others throughout the world, has been one filled with relentless hope, undying faith, and overwhelming courage. Compassion, heartache, and bitterness has torn (and continues to tear) at the hearts, minds, and souls of youth, young adults, men and women. There is no one unaffected and no exceptions based upon race, creed, religion, etc. Need and promises of change have been pushed down our throats but change is inevitable and necessary for growth toward betterment! With time comes change and change is always near, it is through dreams and desires that leads us all to persevere.

    While change is not always simple, your acronym is very appropriate. It is change within us as individuals that make changes possible ‘around the world for the better’. If more of us would indeed “be the change” ourselves that we wish to see in the world, then what alternative would be possible other than a better place to live?!.

    [BTW Definitely pinning, tweeting, scooping, and sharing your post!]

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Hi Sharla,

      Welcome to my blog! Every word that you wrote is golden, so meaningful, and so relevant.

      Hope, faith, and courage are the trinity that everyone needs to possess, without which you cannot move forward. It is because of these qualities that we exist.

      We all go through difficult times, and we bring change, forced by the situations, consciously or subconsciously, so that we’re through such rough times. But isn’t it wise that when we foresee the dangers of suffering, we force to bring about a change – and yes, there’s no better way than to “be the change” yourself.

      In one of the earlier comments someone mentioned that “change is constant” – so true. The world is in constant flux and everything has been changing since it was created. But now is the time to create a better place to live, and we can do that by the simple change approach.

      You’re right – if more of us bring a positive change in ourselves, the sum effect of all such changes will show in the world in form of peace and happiness. And what a coincidence that today is the International Peace Day!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your so wonderful, lovely and wise thoughts and adding value to the post. I really appreciate it and wish you have a great weekend. 🙂

  33. Evelyn Lim

    September 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Oh yes, I totally agree that change begins with ourselves. It is not about changing or blaming someone else. We have to change ourselves if we wish to experiences positive changes in our environment.

    Your SIMPLE acronym makes things easy to understand. It’s great that your post is receiving a wonderful response!

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Evelyn,

      I’m glad you resonate with the post. And you’ve recapped is beautifully with your words.

      Thanks for stopping by and supporting the cause and the post. I appreciate it. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  34. Theodore Nwangene

    September 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

    A very exceptional post as always Harleena,

    I indeed agree with all you said here. To change the world, we must first of change ourselves, our mindsets and many more things as you mentioned above.

    We really have to start from those places. That’s why I so much love Michael Jackson’s songs , because he talks much about that.

    In his song: MAN IN THE MIRROR he said that, for you to make a difference and change the world, you should first of all take a look at yourself in the mirror and then, change yourself.

    I think all leaders and everyone should read this post.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Theodore,

      I’m glad you agree with this post.

      I’d say changing our mind is so important – it takes care of your mindset, attitude, and your thoughts.

      Yes indeed, Michael’s songs were really meaningful and conveyed value. Someone else to referred to the “Man in the mirror” song and it so very much goes with the post. I think I should’ve put that video in the post, but I just didn’t remember the song while I was writing the post. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and accrediting value to the post. I really appreciate it and wish you enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

  35. Anne

    September 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I think it’s easy to get too accustomed to all the bad things in the world and take them for granted. I think we’ve been over-exposed to them in the news/media etc, that after a while they become ‘normal’. We’re not affected by them any more. It’s like a kid who sees horror films constantly. After a while they won’t be scared any more.

    We have to keep our minds separate from the cruelty and badness in the world. This is the only way we can make a difference because this is the only way we’ll realise that a change does NEED to me made.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Anne,

      You’re absolutely right – “we get too accustomed to all the bad things and take them for granted”. It’s so natural to be attracted and inclined towards the dark side and the bad things, as they come easy, and give us a false sense of satisfaction. And we vie for it even knowing that it is short-lived or temporary.

      Yes, too much exposure does make the issues normal for us, we aren’t as perturbed as we’re when it’s a rare or surprising issue. Terrorism and violence has met that fate, at least in some Arab, African and Asian states.

      You offer a wise solution – we need to control our mind, don’t let our feelings get desensitized, and not treat the bad things as normal.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughtful view that are indeed so valuable. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  36. Olukunle Moses

    September 18, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I was just imagining if the whole world could read this post, we could all have just go SIMPLE and the world will be a better place. I promise to reach this out by starting to share to my dudes.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Moses,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m glad you like the post and the meaning that it conveys.

      Thank you for sharing it with your friends and passing on the message, it does make a difference.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  37. Margarita

    September 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Dear Harleena,

    Such a wonderful post. I agree with all of your suggestions. However, all of those are controlled by the subconscious mind. For example, “change you mind”. It is easy to suggest and it might take a lifetime (or more) to achieve.

    Also taking action like donating to charity. I realized that what matters is the intention behind the action. For example, if the donation is for a reason to expect something in return, than it does not work. Same action can be performed for different reasons.

    I agree with all of the suggestion. The “how to” is much more complicated.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Margarita,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad that you like the post. 🙂

      I believe we can consciously control and regulate our subconscious mind. We can do that by making positive affirmations and controlling our mind. I totally agree with you that changing the mind is not an easy task, but then not an impossible one either. Of course, this depends from person to person.

      You’re very correct about the intention behind the action – they really matters a lot. I agree that the “how-to” is difficult and that is what robs the world of its peace and happiness. The only way out is for all of us to make efforts and use the simple change approach. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and views – they add value to the post. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  38. June

    September 19, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Harleena, this is a great post.

    The world we live in is so corrupt and evil. It makes me sad. My grandson is nearly four months old and I dread to think what it will be like by the time he’s a teenager.

    You’re so right, it’s up to us to change it. A big problem with people these days is bad attitude. Last Saturday while shopping the cashier asked me where I was from. I told him Jamaica. He said, “Very bad country!” He went on to tell me how a friend of a relative was shot in the head because he told the person not to smoke in the compound.

    There’s a lot of unnecessary killings in that country. Children, women, teenagers and babies are being killed. I ask myself ‘why?’

    If violence could be stopped the world would be a much better place.

    Thanks for this article. It brings home just how bad the world is. But the world is made up of people. We are the world and it’s up to us to change it.

    Have a great evening. 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Hi June,

      Thanks for appreciating the post.

      Well, the world has always been doing the balancing act between the good and bad, and humans harness their spirits in critical times to get through the bad phases, so don’t you worry about your grandson.

      But yes, lot will depend on the value he gets in his formative years, which I’m sure will not be a problem under your guidance.

      You’re right – bad attitude is definitely the biggest problem that stops us from seeking peace and happiness.

      It’s a sad incident what happened back in your country, and such is the scenario in many countries the world over. It’s because people don’t understand themselves, they’re committed to wrong beliefs and so act in wrong ways, and they’re not able to control their mind, among many other things.

      The antidote to violence is love – only love can cure the world. It’s important that we spread love through our thoughts, words, and actions.

      That’s it, we’re the one’s who’re the change and who will change the world. We need to keep this belief and make others believe in it too!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and experiences. I appreciate it and hope you had a great Sunday! 🙂

  39. Sue Price

    September 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Harleena

    I love this post as do most.

    Let me start by saying I think Lee (who does not have a face so sorry do not know if it is man or woman) has his/her facts wrong about the charities. The rest is opinion and not worth responding to. I can only speak for Australia but I was on the Board that regulates charities here. No one received large salaries and the amount that had to go to the charity was very regulated so always there were many volunteer.

    Now onto the positives or more constructive discussion.

    It would be easy of me to be deluded as I live in one of the safest, better economies of the world. I live in a holiday resort town where there is very little violence.

    That would be putting my head in the sand. Yes there are all the problems you mentioned and yes solutions can only start with us. No government is ever going to change things. These days the politics in politics is out of hand.

    This is why I love these young internet marketers/network marketer guys who see they can be the change. Many of them are motivated to make money to provide food and clean water. It is not about greed for most. But about being the change.

    If you are like me and some of the others and believe in Law of Attraction by becoming the best version of us change will happen.

    Love the post Harleena.

    Sue

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Sue,

      I’m so glad that you like the post.

      Thanks for clarifying the issue about charities, and I’m sure there are genuine ones all over the world too. However, there can be some exceptions, where some charities are run by dishonest people in some parts of the world, and we can give Lee a benefit of doubt that he or she might’ve come across such a charity, but even though, I don’t think that we can generalize and say that charities are bad just because of a few bad cases.

      It’s good to know about the place where you live in and the kind of life out there. You’re lucky and blessed, because life is just the opposite in many parts of the world. I know you’re aware of and acknowledge the problems of the world, and you’re right about the solution – the change starts with us.

      It’s so good to know that people online are making such noble efforts to provide food and clean water – this is definitely an act of change that is needed in the world. If there are more and more such selfless contributions, the world would definitely be a better place to live in.

      I definitely believe in Law of Attraction and totally agree with what you say. Our thoughts, assertions, affirmations, and perceptions are what matters, and our future depends on them. If we be the change, change will happen.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insightful thoughts and opinions, they’re indeed valuable and I really appreciate you spending your time on this post. Wish you a great week ahead. 🙂

  40. Ashutosh

    September 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    A perfect post at a perfect time as we really need a change. Look around and everything seems to be messed, everywhere chaos and things going in the wrong direction. Sometimes, I really think if we are really living in a civilized world. Evolution always meant to move ahead but the way things are happening around us, it seems we are going back into the pages of history.

    The recent news about the so called honor killing is really disturbing and then I got over your blog. Really, it feels a bit soothing but let’s see if the message of changing the world is accepted and taken in a positive light for those people who are killing in the name of honour.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, wanted to write a lot more but something is feeling so bad today. I hope you understand.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Hi Ashutosh,

      I agree that these are the times when the world needs a change. Definitely with the kind of things happening around, you can’t say we live in a civilized world, rather it’s all becoming primitive.

      It’s been thousands of years that we’ve been struggling and suffering with violence in all forms, and its a pity that we’re not able to root it out. Are we really evolving – is technology advancement the only criteria of progress now?

      Honor killings are due to inflated egos, lack of control of mind, and absolute stubbornness. It’s sheer cold-blooded murder and its really a sad state of affairs.

      Yes, changing the mindset of such people is really a challenge, and I just hope that happens with time. I understand your feelings and sentiments, and it feels bad that we’re not able to do much to stop such wrong doings even in this modern world. But our helplessness will become an advantage for such people, and we need to at least propagate positive thoughts and never lose heart doing so, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the issue of the post, I really appreciate it. I wish you’ve a great week ahead. 🙂

  41. Mary Stephenson

    September 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Hi Harleena

    I guess I am late to the conversation here. As for Lee…I will agree with some of his comments about charity organizations, but for everything else he is way out of line.

    Change always starts with us. Want to be happy…it starts with you, no one else is going to give it to you. I have had people do me wrong and take advantage of me and abuse me. Not forgiving them gives them the power. All changes need to start inside of you and no one else can do that for you. If you are bitter or angry, nothing changes until you change.

    Just accepting people and smiling at others can be a simple way of changing their day. It costs nothing, it doesn’t always have to be about money. If you have money to spare and you want to give then find someone in need to give it to. It never has to be about giving to charities. If you are giving only for a tax right off, then the whole concept of giving is pointless.

    Everything we can do for the environment or our own health is a good thing. Information sharing to improve other people’s lives is a step in the right direction also. In an ideal world everyone would follow the golden rule, but alas that will probably never happen. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t spread a little sunshine around this planet…we all live here!

    Great post.

    Mary

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Hi Mary,

      No, you’re not late because we’re discussing a problem that is ongoing and an issue that’ll require contemplation and action all the time. I’m saddened over the recent violence news reports, and the need to change the world and this post become more relevant.

      Yes, I do agree that there might be some exceptions of charities mishandling the funds, but since Sue also presents the authenticity of some charities in her comment, we cannot generalize Lee’s accusations.

      You’re right about happiness – it all depends on us; we always have a choice – to be happy or to be sad. And, the true happiness is dependent on your own self, and not on any external person, thing, or entity.

      You’ve used a strong statement – “not forgiving them gives them the power”. People often thing otherwise, but we don’t realize that the bitterness and feelings of vengeance that we keep inside, do us only harm, and retard our progress. Peace starts with forgiveness, and happiness is its fruit, isn’t it?

      I totally agree – how wonderful would it be to see all smiling at each other and having kind intentions and good feelings, and you’re right – it doesn’t cost a dime – you get peace and happiness for free! 🙂

      Your point about charities is correct and I didn’t think from the tax point of view earlier. And, you’re right, you don’t need a charity to help someone, you can always find the needy anywhere and everywhere.

      If we think that we can exploit the Earth because we’ll have alternatives for settling down on Moon or Mars, we’re wrong. Even if such possibilities come true in the near future, we need to keep Earth safe and intact. And for that, we need to change our lifestyle.

      I believe even if I’m able to inspire and motivate a single person to take proactive steps, my efforts are worthy. I’ll on my part always keep on trying, be positive, and keep the belief that our world can turn into an ideal one; if only we expect the best, that we fall somewhere near to it, isn’t it?

      Thanks so much for your so insightful and wise thoughts that have thrown a new light on this post – thanks for the sunshine and I really appreciate it. 🙂

  42. Piyush M

    September 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    It is the “Everybody does it attitude” that keeps shifting people towards doing the wrong thing. If we all doing the right thing then there will be no problems in the world.

    It is individuality that is the cause of the problem, but the answer is not that simple still.

    How do we unite as one people regardless of the differences?

    • Harleena Singh

      October 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Piyush,

      Welcome to my blog!

      You’re right – most people like to follow, rather than be a leader. They like to do the same thing that others do, than be different themselves. And, doing the wrong thing is easier most of the times than doing the right thing.

      I think we should not expect an ideal world where everything is good and all are doing the right thing. Let’s accept that evil will be there and people will be doing the wrong thing. The fact is that it’s never about the people, but your own self. One needs to sort his or her own self, the rest should not matter. That way, one person can make a difference.

      The basis of unity among people with differences can be “goodness”. You’ll more easily accept people if you find they are good, and promote peace and tolerance.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views and spurring more thoughts. Have a great week ahead! 🙂

  43. Piyush Mathur

    October 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I asked the above question for a reason, Regardless of how many changes you make inside, the world outside never seems to change its flow.

    They need a dramatic example to change? Is it?

    I suppose there is nothing else you can do but “change yourself”. There is only so much one person can do.

    Going round, and round in circles — May be that why they call it a vicious circle?

    • Harleena Singh

      October 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Hi Piyush,

      As I mentioned in the reply to the previous comment, the emphasis has to be on personal change, irrespective of the change in the world. Once you develop inner strength and change yourself, your way of thinking and perspective too will change.

      Yes, it’s gotta be “change yourself”. I believe that instead of trying to change the world, we should try to change as many individuals, after we change our self. Even if we’re able to influence and change one person, we’ve contributed to the change in the world.

      I’d say a good change is a good way to get out of the vicious circle.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. I appreciate it. 🙂

  44. Dee Ann Rice

    October 6, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Harleena,

    I like what you have said and I think that one person can make great change.

    I you change (it does not matter in what way) everyone you come in contact with will change in response to your change. If you make a positive change than that positive change will affect everyone around you. It will radiate out from you like ripples on water when a pebble is thrown in.

    I think if we all try to live our lives in a positive manner as you have described we can make great change. Wouldn’t that be a great world to live in.

    Thanks Harleena for the inspiration.

    Dee Ann

    • Harleena Singh

      October 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Dee Ann,

      Good to see you after a long time!

      I’m glad you agree with the post. Yes, change can be contagious. One person can cause the domino-effect and be the pebble that can creates waves in the world.

      It would really be great if everybody adopts the simple change approach and live in a positive manner as you suggest. That I think would be near-to-heaven on earth!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your beautiful thoughts and views. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  45. William Butler

    February 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    As the adage goes, “You’re either part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.” This post is a call to action for people to be part of the solution. I think the four words I live by tend to that end: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. If more people take this to heart, emulate all the attributes of what love is, they will become more understanding, more wise and compassionate, more giving and helpful. How is this possible?
    Because Love is OTHER-centered.

    Part of being compassionate, that I speak of, comes from forgiving others for their failings. Who hasn’t made mistakes? The answers lie in making amends where possible and learning to be better.

    Yes we can have heaven on earth. It’s going to require more people to engage in spiritual intelligence.

    Have an awesome weekend!
    Bill

  46. dheeraj jain

    March 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Hello Harleena,
    Change is a very important aspect of life. Change in world is need of time. The world is the place where we live, so we have to change our attitude in order to change the world. If we change our mindset and do good things it will be a contribution in changing the world. one should try to figure out the problems and also find the solution instead of complaining.
    Your thoughts are really good.The “SIMPLE approach” is so impressive. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

  47. lynne

    December 8, 2014 at 5:47 am

    HI, very well explained, this serves as a reminder for all of us, Change is the only thing permanent in this world, so why not start changing for the better and aim for a a peaceful world. Thanks for sharing a great post.

  48. Sherill Torres

    January 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Loved your post. I agree that is why we should begin with ourselves and instill change for the better. Better for us, better for our world. Peace be with us always!




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