Search for the hero inside yourself

It’s interesting that making up phrases is quite easy but carrying them out can be hard. Take for example, the following I just made up, ‘Life is too short to not leave behind a contribution’. I quite like the one from Walt Disney stuck on the side of one of the entry areas of Disneyworld: ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’. Both statements I believe should inspire you with confidence and energy. The reality is that we are so tied up in our daily lives of working and family life that it is rare to find the time to be creative. One could argue that dreaming & creating are the jobs of others, those that exist in the realms of research and development or aspiring to develop a business idea. The concept of dreaming and delivering should not be restricted to delivering a new technological aid. On the other hand no one should be forced into a situation. However, I believe we all have an opportunity to put some effort into doing something for others. In this way collectively we’ve made a difference or delivered a change – and there is much to do in so little time. The followwing items reveal practical steps or direct actions that you can personally take, today:

• Global warming (Nearly all observers agree that the last century witnessed a surface-level warming of the earth by approximately one degree Fahrenheit. Current projections suggest a range of warming over the next century between 2.5 degrees and 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit. ) – start to recycle and consider conservation in all aspects of your daily life. It only takes a few seconds to not throw a cola can or flatten an empty cereal pack. Divert its path to your council provided recycling box.
• Fair trade – understand the difference it makes and change your buying habits / shopping lists to include these items.
• Free world debt (Every single day, 30,000 children are dying as a result of extreme poverty – Hey! Reader – you must consider this as unacceptable!) – lobby your MP for justice by emailing or writing a letter to them about how this issue really needs their (MPs) support. Follow the activities of campaigns such as ‘make poverty history’ – a white band can help (!) but demanding change is a stronger route.
• Be kind to each other (Its about strength through diversity not alienation!) – Seek out and learning about our differences and respect each other for who we are.
• Protecting human rights (A visit to will surely open your eyes)– Read and write to your MP about reported cases of human rights abuses.

To borrow a line from a song lyric, ‘I’m looking for the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to make a change… If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change’.

I believe that we have a chance to make a difference everyday of our lives.

Categories: 2005

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