How To Change the World
Make your bed. I know, not something that sounds very groundbreaking or earth-shattering, but William H. McRaven says that if you want to change the world, start by making your bed. That way, you will have accomplished the first task of the day.
How often do we, as mental health sufferers, say that we need things to change? We need people to get on-board and support us through our illnesses. No one really talks about mental health, it’s too stigmatised, we can’t do it alone, yet no one cares. How often have you heard those words? We want to change the world. We want to raise that all important awareness for mental health so that people will not suffer as we have suffered. Don’t we?
But how do we do that?
We start by making our bed. Check out the video below and see what William H. McRaven has to say about that.
Time to Change the World
So do you want to change the world? Do you really want to change the world? I think we’ve got everything we need right there to change the world. Here’s what I took from it:
- We need to start by making our bed. Accomplish the little tasks, that way we will have the courage and the determination to accomplish the bigger tasks but, either way, we will have accomplished something. No matter how small the accomplishment seems, it is still an accomplishment.
- Lift others up. Encourage them, support them and raise them up. Empower them to make the change and they will go and make that difference.
- One voice became two. Two voices became three. So on and so forth. If we raise our voices together, we can become unstoppable. Together, we can make that difference but only together. Only together. We need to stand as one, joining in that song together so that we can change the world.
- Accept that you will fail and that you might fail often. You will go through relapses. As long as you don’t stay at rock bottom, you can survive. You can get through. It’s alright to fail, as long as you don’t stay there.
- Finally, hold onto hope. As hard as it can seem, hope is there, despite what our mental illnesses tell us. Hold on, pain ends. Hope and you can achieve.
I want to leave you with a little story that I think fits in quite nicely here.
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early
one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
Let’s go change the world!
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