Blog 1571 – 01.05.2020
Only We Can Change The World
The song says, “We don’t want to change the world” but isn’t that exactly what we want to do? And why not and we do not have to think a thing “bad” to want to change it. Maybe we are just bored with the status quo, same old thing, and just want to see, experience something knew.
I know a little secret that is really no secret about one of the easiest, fastest ways to change the world. I am, as I have mentioned before, a fan of time travel books and movies. The premise most often debated in time travel stories is that if one went back in time and changed past events might that not produce a time paradox in the now, where someone we know and love, perhaps even we ourselves were never born. We travel in time all of the time and change the course of our own lives and even the lives of others almost constantly. We change our perception of the world everytime we change our perspective of it, every time we change our minds.
Yul Brynner who played the Pharaoh in Cecil B. DeMille’s nineteen-fifties movie version of The Ten Commandments had the powerful Pharaoh say over and over after some pronouncement, “So let it be written, so let it be done.” We have no less power than mighty Pharaoh to transform our world by a thought, a word, or a deed and do by all three. We are silly to give that power away to any one else, a person or a group. Change is ours to wield.
For some it seems changing their mind on even a seeming small matter seems an impossible task. Try this, next time someone cuts you off in traffic, instead of blowing your top, and calling that person under your breath or out loud names that would make a sailor blush, think or say this instead, “My brother or sister is in a hurry, I hope they get where they are going safe and on time.” See what you did? You changed the world from a world full of ass-hole drivers bound and determined to run you off the road to a world of brothers and sisters, perhaps still practice driving, as we all are always, perhaps in too big of a hurry a times, but trying to get where we are going safe and sound as quickly as possible, sharing the same road.
It is no one else’s responsibility to change your mind for you or mine for me. You, I, and everyone else has a big enough job taking charge of our own thoughts and thereby our own world. My friend, Mike Dooley, says, “Thoughts become things.” I think he is right, that the world around us today is in large part a product of our thoughts yesterday. How silly of us to think for even a moment that we do not deserve what is coming to us when it is exactly what we summoned by our own thoughts, words, and deeds yesterday or the day before. Sometime the package arrives later but it always comes unless we cancel the order with another opposing thought, word, or action.
If our world is a world of war, worries, disease, and unhappiness we need to own the true origin of those things and think some new, better, higher, and happier thoughts. On the front of my pick-up, pictured above, is a plate to remind me every time I see it to, “Think Happy Thoughts.” I have had several people comment on that plate but many more on my smile. I have created and continue to create around myself a happy world where a smile is the default mode of all who live here.
My son, Jay, now almost thirty, when he was a teen, had a black tee with white letters on the front spelling out, “I live in my own little world, but it’s okay, they know me here.” And they will know you and me and what we are thinking by the smile or lack of it on our face. Another funny saying is: “Smile, it will keep people wondering what you’ve been up to.” And if you cannot seem to smile, or change your mood, let alone the world, remember all three are as easy as just a little change in our thinking, a slight change of mind.
Whatever else we do today for the sake of the world and ours and everyone’s chance for happiness in it – Think Happy Thoughts? Only We Can Change The World.
Your friend and fellow traveler,