“Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world. In fact, it is the only way it ever has.” -Margaret Mead
Change is inevitable. It is the only thing consistent in the world truly. Comfort in life surrounds our ability to adapt to change. Our jobs, friendships and opportunities look different year after year. In high school we thought we had found our tribe. Our friends were life. We often prefer them to our family during these formative years. Yet, look how many we know as intimately today. Very few have stayed in our circle. We evolved and changed. It was the nonviolent, civil rights leader Gandhi who stated “be the change you wish to see in the world.” What if we all made conscious choices in our lives with his words at the forefront of our actions? The change we desire is our own reflection.
Tragedy does not discriminate. We are all vulnerable to heartache. Illness, death, and untimely accidents are in every walk of life. We can grow from change or remain stagnant. The choice is always our own.
Leading actor Keanu Reeves grew up with an absentee father. He struggled his entire childhood with the learning disability dyslexia. He met failure often in new schools. Keanu lost his best friend, fellow actor River Phoenix, when he was still very young. Soon after, his younger sister began a decade long fight with leukemia in the early 90’s. It would appear the world was against him and he was set up to fail. Yet, Keanu’s name is easily recognized in every corner of the world. He embodies Gandhi’s words beautifully. Keanu has said he’s made more than enough money to live comfortable for decades. Keanu is a true humanitarian who helps change the lives around him. He goes out of his way to learn the names on movie sets he acts. On the set of his popular film, “The Matrix”, Keanu heard of a set designer who was struggling. He paid them $20,000 dollars to help at Christmas. He saw an immediate need and he acted on it. He was the change this family needed. Just imagine the difference his generosity made to this man and his family.
Additionally, Keanu often takes the subway. One would assume a rich and wealthy public figure would have a private car service. He has been photographed giving up his seat on the subway when crowds did not provide enough seats. Pregnant and elderly women benefited from his act of kindness. He made a decision to be the change.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama. We all possess the ability to make a difference and be the change. Be the change the world needs. The world will adapt around you. Changing the world truly begins with you!
Author: K.A. Potts