rearview mirror“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

I can’t believe this is my final post for 2016. It went by so quickly. Doesn’t it always?

My post today is brief, short and sweet.

As we enter into 2017 in the coming days, we have to come together as a country and world. Change will not come from the top down. It never does. It will come from the bottom up.

If you’re looking for a change in our country, the world, or in your life, you have to begin by looking in the mirror.

Change begins with you. Don’t think for a second that it begins with anyone or anything outside of you.

How you treat your parents, children, spouse, partner, friends, co-workers, the stranger, everyone whom you happen to meet, makes a difference in the energy of the world.

One of my favorite quotes is this one: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

That’s so true. None of us walks in the shoes of anyone else. We don’t know the joys and pain of anyone else. We only really understand our own. So, it’s on each of us to remember that and check ourselves. It’s on each of us to see how we treat every single person who comes across our path.

I always say, don’t look in the rearview mirror. What’s done is done. A minute ago is already in the past. You can’t change the past. It’s gone.

But you can change your present. You can change this moment. And, you certainly can change your tomorrow.

I strongly believe that every one of us has the power to change the world, positively. And, for each of us that takes the challenge to make the world just a little kinder, more compassionate and brighter, we join with someone else – someone we may never meet – who’s trying to do the same thing.

And, you know what happens then?

You end up meeting people who want to work with you to make the world a better place in a positive way that’s not boiling with anger, frustration and negativity.

My challenge to you on these last days of 2016 is simple. If you think that the world has too much violence, too much hate, too much divisiveness, too much negativity, well then look in the mirror. And, then commit to making each and every day of your life a little better – even for one moment – for yourself and even better, for someone else. What you’ll find at the end of next year, if you’ve done it every single day is that you’ve given the world at least 365 minutes (a little over 6 hours) of positive light.

And the world needs more of that light from each of us.


Author of “Get Off the Couch: Grip & Rip and Break the Barriers Holding You Back in Life” (Free Digital Download)

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