Out of the blue, my mom asked my younger brother this question. She said, "Is the world a better place because your in it?" Initially I thought, "where in left field did that come from," because it just seemed so random especially since we were just talking about other stuff like herbs, organic foods, & gardening. Even though the question was for him, I couldn't help but to think about answering her question for myself. I didn't really understand why she even asked him that at first, but looking back I realize that she wanted him to take time and give it deep thought with high hopes that he would find inspiration in his answer. Little did she know that I would be the one battling with my answer and eventually become inspired by her question, my answer, & the real truth behind it.
My brother hesitated and couldn't come up with a response right away, unlike me who
blurted out, "No Way!" Because of my lack of knowledge in myself, my natural response was just that. I believed that it was egotistical of me to think that I made the world better. I mean, I really hadn't done anything deserving of a yes in my opinion at the time, at least that's what I thought.
In other words, what I really felt was that I wasn't worthy enough to respond differently. I thought, "little ole' me, make a difference on the planet, because I'm here in it?? Please!"
I started to make comparisons to some of the "Greats" who's lives have impacted the world on a much grander scale.That's when I felt even more sure about my response, because once again in my mind, I hadn't even scratched the surface when it came to doing anything that I would say makes this world better. I thought about the planet and all the problems within it. I imagined myself surrounded by people suffering, wars, racism, abuse, hunger,
helplessness, homelessness, crime and the list goes on feeling helpless in the midst of it all. Her question struck such a nerve that I decided to pray and meditate about it, because I wanted to be sure that I was looking at this from the right perspective.
At some point during my meditation, a shift in my thinking took place. My vantage point changed & I then thought about all of the kind gestures and amazing things we do for others, our animals, and the environment every day. It began to make more sense to think that collectively, our small acts of love, gratitude, and kindness affect the world in a major way. Giving the gift of a hug or a smile to someone during their darkest hour actually may not seem like much, but for that person, it could make all the difference in the world.
I understood that saying I don't make the world better by being in it is the same as saying that the things that I've done to make someone's day better counted for nothing. It's like saying that the love that I shower my children with doesn't matter and won't make a difference in the type of
compassionate, loving, and caring adults they will become. Standing outside all day in the cold to help feed the homeless, or waking men and women up at 6 am on the streets of Downtown Atlanta to offer them a warm bed to sleep
in at a near by shelter is all in vain. I should be saying, "No Way," to that. It may not be as much as I would like to do but those are gestures that come from my heart with hopes to make some
type of difference even if it is on a smaller scale. The great thing about it is the fact that there are millions of others just like me doing the exact same
things and together we make it huge. Together we make the world a better place.
Every time you inspire someone, make a person laugh, save a life, or touch someone's
heart, you make this world better just by being in it, just by being you. If every kind hearted, compassionate, or loving person was removed from this planet, who would be left behind and what would be the consciousness of the planet? I don't even want to imagine the answer to that question. I learned from within myself just by quieting my mind and digging for the real answers that we don't
always have to do things on a large scale to make this world better. Every little thing counts and collectively, we make it better.
However, on the same token, it is still very important to understand that we are
capable of doing more and becoming more if that's what we want. Who's to say that you are not like the forefathers, leaders, teachers, humanitarians, and
philanthropist you admire? Who's to say that your not already that person and your moment just hasn't come to pass? No one. At any given point in our lives we can always make the decision to go the extra mile and give a little more,
speak up a little more, and do a little more for the people we love, for our communities, our country, and even our planet. The bottom line is, we all have
it in us to create more of a positive change in the world by operating in love no matter if it's by doing something big or small, because somehow it all works together some kind of way.
Knowing this truth has changed my whole perspective on the question that my mother asked. So, if you ask me if this world is a better
place because I'm in it,.........I'm gonna always be like, "Heck Yeah!" because I have now realized my truth, and I now know and understand my
worth. All it took was a little time to myself, prayer and some meditation for clarity and truth to the thought provoking question my mother asked my little bro. I just love it when she does that.