This quote has resonated with me for as long as I can remember. It has made me think everyday about the person that I am, and who I want to become. What changes do I want to see in the world? For one, I would like to see more tolerance. More acceptance. More patience, kindness and compassion. These are just five ideas I have on how to be the change I want to see in the world, and I strive to practice everyday through my interactions with others. From offering random acts of kindness whenever possible (and believe me, it is ALWAYS possible), to giving free hugs and supporting and promoting other movements with a love theme, I have found that there are so many ways to be the change you want to see in the world.
So the more I thought about this idea, the more I began to wonder what other people were thinking or doing. And having the amazing opportunity to wander this earth as a modern day nomad, I thought, why not just ask everyone – everywhere? I believe, that at our core, we all want the same things. We want love, acceptance, and peace- both in our inner and outer worlds. I can’t imagine anyone enjoying wars and relentless violence in their environment, so I decided to start asking what I think are two very important questions.
Posting up in random places, armed with two cameras, a notepad with the words “Do you speak English? Speak with me please” written in bold black sharpie and a smile, I sit and wait for what is to come. When someones curiosity is peaked. . . I invite them to join me and answer the following questions:
First, what would you like to see change in the world and why?
And second, what can you personally do to be a part of this change?
March/April 2014: Off in the Sahara- no interviews/videos this month!
May-September 2014: Volunteering in Hart, Germany
October/November 2014: America – videos are up here!
December 2014: England
January 2015: India
So what is the purpose of all this anyway?
Besides the obvious fun it is to talk, share, learn from and laugh with random strangers? For me, it is to encourage people of all backgrounds, cultures, and countries to consciously think about what will make this world a loving and friendly place to be, and to think about how they can also be the change that they wish to see in the world. We are all very powerful, special beings that are capable of starting love movements that CAN change the world and bring a peaceful balance back to this amazing planet that we all share.
I encourage everyone to find some time in their days to do their part -whatever that may be to them, to be the change they wish to see in the world. Together, we can make a difference just like so many great people have before us.