Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Bombing, the Fertilizer plant in Texas; all these events and others like them can make the world seem like a dark place full of sorrow and misery. However, I spent all last week trying to show my campus that is not the truth. The world can be a wonderful place full of amazing people but it is up to us to make it that way.
Last week, I spent the week promoting nothing but happiness on campus. To do this we gave out memories such as Happy Mondays (see picture above), free sweets, free hugs, and more. Yes, to some people who this was weird but most people loved it. Numerous people told us that we made their day and almost everyone smiled as they walked by even if they didn’t want a free hug. This taught me a very important lesson: each and every one of us has the power to change the world every day of our lives. That is something amazing. So many people talk about how they want to or will change the world one day. What these people don’t realize is that they have the power to change the world today.
You do not need to reinvent the wheel or start a million dollar non-profit organization to change the world. All that needs to be done is a random acts of kindness. Pay for the person in line behind you, wish the worker, the one you see every day but never actually talk to, a great day, or maybe give a stranger a hug (don’t just run up and try to hug someone though, they may thing you are attacking them). Now maybe you won’t change the entire world with one of these simple acts but that shouldn’t stop you from changing the entire world for one person. You never know how your act could affect someone. The person who is the recipient of your random act of kindness could be having a terrible day. They could be on the brink of a break down. With your act though, it could turn their day upside down and completely change their mood. This could cause them to pass on the kindness to someone else and with this we can change the world.
People always talk about how the world is such a terrible place. They say people suck and that everyone is out to help themselves and that is it, but they do not do anything about it. Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” People need to stop complaining about the world and start changing it. I understand that it may seem hard to comprehend how a slip of paper could change the world but, from experience, I know it can make a difference. To me it seems to be a shame to let the power we have to go to waste. Start off small, start with friends. Buy your friend a coffee or write them a letter of application. Hand out kindness and pass on the kindness you receive because whether it is on a mass scale or one person at a time, you can change the world.