The famous quote by Gandhi, ‘You must be the change you wish you see in the world.’ For many years, I haven’t fully understood the quote. Mainly because I didn’t care enough. In fact, I would say I used to be quite an indifferent person.
Until one day, for whatever reason, I started to care. I started to realise there are things in my own world that are not doing well.
So what do we do? Out of human nature, I started off with complaining. But when one evaluates (click here to see my previous post) the situation, one would soon realise that another ounce of complaint would not change the situation, if not make it worse. In fact, since I am in the world, I am guilty of the undesirable situation.
Rather than complaining and indulging in self-pity, take ownership and be the change you wish to see.
So I started to BE the change.
You can do something today, to change the world you’re in.
The scientific method has long been used as a framework to understand the world.
This method of thinking has indeed helped many, in various sorts of areas. It starts with observation, then you spot something out, come up with a prediction which we call hypothesis. Then here comes the interesting part; one would design experiments to test the hypothesis. Sometimes, or shall I say if one is lucky, conclusions could be drawn straight away. But most of the time, we fail, modify the experiment or the hypothesis until we can finally draw conclusions.
However, this method has its flaws.
If one were to ask you 'How many meters does someone love you?' or 'Please give me ten kilograms of happiness.', you would find their requests slightly silly.
The world is constantly asking us to put a number next to everything and it is indeed tempting to quantify things around us. But certain rubrics might not be a true reflection of what you are measuring, especially if that something is somewhat unmeasurable.
Thoughts arouse from a conversation with my sista
We all have bits of ourselves that we hope to change. It could be a bad habit, an unsatisfied relationship, an unfulfilling job.
If we work hard enough, some of them could be changed for the better.
But some are not possible to change. The past, no matter how hard we try, cannot be changed. I have yet to meet someone who can do that.
It is hard to let go of things we can't change and move on. But sometimes, we just need to let it go.
I'm still learning.
A sailor’s cabin window view of a former navy ship, Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden (taken in Summer 2017)
A particular way of considering something. (Cambridge Dictionary)
What are you seeing today? What aren’t you seeing today?
Stop comparing your inner self with other people’s outer self.
It’s not a fair comparison to start with so don’t do it.