Do Your Part!


Big question for you: What are you doing to help build a new and better world? Don't blame the politicians. Don't blame those around you, Don't blame your parents or your background. Doing so is playing the victim and this world has far too many people playing the victim when they could be sharing their brilliance and making a profound difference. Mother Teresa said it so much better than I ever could: "If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole world would be clean."

Blaming others is excusing yourself. Telling yourself that you- as an army of one- cannot have an impact is giving away your power. After a hurricane a while ago, a couple of college kids got their hands on empty school buses and drove them into the ravaged area when everybody else said they city was impenetrable. A woman named Rosa Parks sparked a civil rights movement because she refused to sit at the back of a bus. Ordinary people really can do extraordinary things. I love what Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, once said: "If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room."

Live by what I call the Jennifer Aniston Rule. Aniston said that she gives herself one day to play victim after experiencing a challenging event. After that day of feeling powerless and sorry for herself, she wakes up and takes ownership for the way her life looks. She takes personal responsibility for her part in the problem- even if that only amounted to 1%. That's personal leadership in action. It doesn't matter who you're, or where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you, always."

What don't you like about your life or the organization you work for or the country you live in? Make a list.. Write it down. Shout it out. And then do something to improve things. Anything. Start small or go big. Just do something. As you exercise your power to choose, guess what? Your power grows. And as you work within your sphere of influence to make things better, guess what? Your sphere of influence expands. So do your part.. Now. The world will be better for it.

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Arcman said...

I . LOVE . THIS . POST .

i totally believe we shud do the same...start doin something ourself rather than blaming others...

the examples u gave are really motivating...good job =D

personally i do believe "one" man can make a difference...

Nostalgic said...

Thank you :) and yeah, I believe one can make a difference!

Anonymous Someone said...

so true, the only one who we can truly tame and civilize is us.
The most difficult part is to start, because it needs us to take charge. Rest is never tougher.

Nice post Nostalgic.
Keep up the good work. :)

Cheers
Blasphemous Aesthete

Mademoiselle Deva said...

if you want to change the world, start changing yourself! great post!

Nostalgic said...

@ Anonymous: Thanks a lot, your opinion matters :)

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@ Deval: Absolutely :)

Divaa Divine said...

my two cents,

Though you may not have brought the troubles upon yourself, you can nevertheless make positive use of them. Choose to take full responsibility for your own situation, and you'll begin to see how you can rise from it to a level that's higher than ever before.

Real success does not result from everything going perfectly. Real success comes when you're willing to move forward no matter what may happen.

Nostalgic said...

@ Divaa: True, but those who blame their society and surroundings for their failures should come forward and play their part to make a difference!

Me-Era* said...

Nice post. :) Keep writing.

Crazy Diamond said...

very well written... good point!

and yeah..everyone should do their job right and stop blaming others for the state the world is in..we are responsible

Tanvi said...

Absolutely along side you on this one! To each their own. We are all responsible. LIfe is not 'in reaction' it is 'in action' :)

Nostalgic said...

@ Crazy: Thanks, babes :) ..

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@ Tanvi: Absolutely. 'In action', we need to accept and realise the fact, and do our parts.

majworld said...

very nice message and thoughts..if we do our part everyone, country will be better..nuthng changes overnight..

Nostalgic said...

@ Maj: True, it takes time but theres always an outcome.

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