If You Want Better Then Be Better
I would hazard a guess that every person on earth wants “better.” They want to do better, have better, speak better, love better or just plain be better.
It doesn’t matter what race they are, it doesn’t matter what country they are from. Their faith or lack of faith, their age, and their level of education doesn’t matter either. Everyone wants better.
I’d guess a day hardly goes by that the majority of humans don’t think of something or someone that could be better. Sometimes that “thought” turns into a complaint. Sometimes people will give voice to that complaint by saying “why doesn’t somebody do something?”
Can you imagine a world in which that question was never asked? Can you imagine a world in which instead of asking that “why doesn’t” question they just did it?
Can you imagine a world in which YOU never ask that question but instead just do something?
I’m reminded of a poem first shared with me 25 years ago by my great friend and mentor, Mark Norman. I think of this often when I fall into the trap of thinking “somebody” ought to do something. Here is the poem:
To build a better world said God.
I answered: “How?”
The world is such a large vast place
So complicated now,
And I so small and useless am,
There’s nothing I can do.
But God in his great wisdom said:
“Just build a better you”.
There are certainly many things that could be better that you and I have no control over. Trying to control those things will only add unneeded stress to your life. So instead of trying to control what you can’t why not commit to controlling and bettering what you can.
One of my goals for each day is simple: be a little better today at something than I was yesterday. It’s a worthy goal and some days I achieve it. I achieve it on the days when I intentionally go after it. The key to achieving almost any goal, even simple ones, is intentionality. You won’t get better by accident, you’ll get better by purpose, on purpose, for a purpose.
Decide today that the “somebody” who “ought to do something” is you. Make a plan, set a goal and get after it!
Always remember, when you make a difference for even one person you have made a difference for the world. Even if that one person is just little ol’ you.