“Every Journey starts with a 1st step, and today I am taking my 1st step in changing the world” is a quote I have written and taped to my vision-board at my home office. Quite powerful, isn’t it!!!
People always ask me this question “How to create positive change in the world?“. Others ask well how do we create change in our lives let alone the world?
Well its quite simple, start at the most basic level. To create change, we don’t need to look any further than ourselves.
To create change, we don’t need to look any further than ourselves.
Most often, when we are trying to create change, we aspire to change others in one way or another and neglect our own self. See change is a process, it start with us first.
Over the period of last year I have took multiple steps to change myself, and let me be clear, I changed things that I knew will make me a better person and didn’t not follow some silly “Gossip Girl” version of change or watched an episode of “Keeping up with the Kardashian” and then decided to change few things. It was more of a change on a spiritual level. I taught myself to be more positive, to be more kind, to be more accepting of others shortcomings. It was not easy, it was actually quite a trip, but I did it and it feels amazing.
I taught myself to be more positive, to be more kind, to be more accepting of others shortcomings. It was not easy, it was actually quite a trip, but I did it and it feels amazing.
Let me tell you a story that occurred to me this past holiday season that put my new found change into the test.
I was at Walmart shopping and the checkout lines were too long to even describe, one thing I learned about living in DC is that if there is no line people ”DCians” think it must not be good. Anyway, I was at the checkout line and I had the pleasure to deal with the most negative cashier at the entire store. I just felt her energy immediately as I stepped in front of her and said hi. She gave me the coldest look and said are all these items yours, I replied nicely, yes ma’am and she said “well ain’t you lucky”. I replied back “Well, for a matter of a fact, I am – I am blessed enough to be healthy and alive and able to shop on this beautiful day” she grunted back “that must be nice”. So I decided to put my psychology and communication classes into use and said “ you know young miss, It must be really tiring working here at Wal-Mart, especially during the holiday season” She looked at me and said “yes, it is – everyone is so busy and they want to run from one shop to another so they treat cashiers like dirt” I replied “ you know young miss, shame on those folks, I told her to not let their emptiness affect her aura, and moved on to tell her that most people who act that way are so empty on the inside, that they are trying to fill every waking moment with something, so they dump on everyone that they meet in the excuse that –OMG, we are so busy, our lives are so important”. She smiled and let me tell you she had a gorgeous smile and said “what’s your name?” I told her, Zane. She said “Zane” you have really lifted my spirit, I was thinking to myself when you stepped up to the register, if this young man ganna be another DC brat and treat me like trash I am going to give him a piece of my mind and I don’t care if get fired for it. I was speechless for a second, then proceeded to tell her a short story about how I respect people who are working during the holidays to provide us the shoppers with the pleasant experience of shopping and told her that I understand her frustration because I did retail during the holidays in the past and I know how people get. Long story short, by the time I left she gave me a big hug and said god bless you Zane. I said thank you miss and she said please call me Tamara, so I said thank you Tamara, and happy holidays to you and your family. As I was loading my purchases in the car, a young woman came to me and told me “thank you for your kindness towards another human being” and offered to buy me dessert from the sweet frog at the same plaza where Walmart is at. I thanked her for her generous offer and told her that she didn’t need to buy me anything for doing my human job, she said
I thanked her for her generous offer and told her that she didn’t need to buy me anything for doing my human job, she said it’s uplifting to meet people like me as they are rare nowadays. I was blushing from her compliments, so I agreed to the sweet frog treat and made yet another friend, I’ll keep her name secret for now 🙂
So ladies and gentleman, next time you are out, pay attention to your surroundings, you never know when the next friend is around the corner, or when you can truly help another human being in need.
My friends, be the change you aspire others to adopt, lead others by your kindness and positivity and change the world one kind act at a time.
This is one of many stories that I’ll bring to you over the next few months together. Let’s begin today. Let’s create the change and be it. What positive story did you hear/witness today?