I got a new phone today. My old phone fell to its death several days ago and I found myself in search of a replacement. As we entered the Verizon store I was amazed that although it had only been a few years since I bought my old phone it was now considered a complete dinosaur. The guy chuckled when I showed it to him like I had handed him a rotary dial-up. It seems in our culture we are always trying to build a better phone, a more powerful computer, or a more sophisticated automobile. Our thirst for better, faster, more efficient “things” has consumed us. An unimaginable amount of time, energy, and money go into these pursuits. And that is perfectly fine I suppose. But I wonder why we don’t make a stronger effort to produce better people?
We have some really cool stuff in this world, but humanity itself seems to be falling behind. Our people are more stressed, less tolerant, more angry, less satisfied, more frightened, and less hopeful than ever before. It just seems to me that we could do a better job of raising better people. Seriously, if we could manage a moonwalk in space 45 years ago, surely by now we could have mastered ways to love and care for each other better, right? It just can’t be that complicated. Frankly, I don’t believe it is.
All we really have to do is want it. When people want something they figure out a way to get it. Do you want it? Do you want to live in a world made up of “better” people? I think we all do. So how can we go about making that happen? I’ll have to defer to Gandhi on this one. He is the one who so wisely said, “Be the change you want to see.” We have to start by being better people. How can you upgrade yourself? If you were making a “You 2.0″ what would she/he look like? Think about it then begin to make some basic choices that will support that upgrade. Loving and caring for yourself better will help you love and care for others better too.
Beyond that, what simple way can you contribute to your community or workplace? How can you start caring better for the people around you? Most people are just looking for connection. They want to be seen and known. Is there someone in your world who you can encourage? Is there a way you can make that person feel seen and acknowledged?
Maybe you have a skill or gift that you could share with people. Can you find a place to volunteer? You will be amazed at how much hope and goodness you will get out of giving a little. Broaden your world and your impact by giving of yourself. You can create a legacy that you will be proud of if you start now to make a difference in the world you live in.
Watch the video below and see how easy it is to make a difference in someone’s life. You don’t need to be anything but open and willing. Sharing your heart can build a better world – one person at a time. Let’s invest in each other and upgrade our culture. Let’s build better people together.
We spend a fortune on building better things; what about building better people?