While out feeding horses this morning I started thinking about a young person I know who is at a crossroads; what is the next step and this next step has to make a difference in the world. The weight of the step having to make a difference in the world has this young person bogged down unable to make any decisions, basically stuck.
So I asked myself the question, what does making a difference in the world look like? Does it have a size? How many people does it have to affect? Is it a job? Is it moving someplace else? Is it the size of the problem solved? Does only solving large problems count? Does it have to be a problem to count?
As the list grew and could grow much larger, I was stunned at the complexity of what seemed a simple question. I thought no wonder this young person is having a hard time choosing a next step.
Something I have learned from working with horses is, when faced with what looks like a complex problem chunk it down into smaller simpler pieces. In doing that I always came to a simple solution.
Using what I learned with horses, I applied that to what does making a difference look like? The simple answer is, how I conduct myself as I go through my day. If I am grumpy and snarly to those I come in contact with, I create a negative difference. If I am smiling and pleasant I create a positive difference to each being I come in contact with.
To think of changing the world. It is only my world I can change or make a difference in by doing simple actions in the moment. Those actions create a ripple affect out into the world. Making a difference starts with myself and the rest flows from how I choose to be. It is that simple.
I wrote this post for my wonderful young friend. I hope it helps.