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So you plan to change the world huh? Well….what if you don’t?

I’m incredibly blessed to be part of a community of some of the most inspired, inspiring…..and downright fun people I have ever met. These are a group of people with clear missions, passionate visions, who really want to make a dent in the universe through whatever industry they have chosen to devote themselves to.

I’ve been part of many groups and communities but never quite like this one.  They are simply awe-inspiring.  I could marry them all.  If that was legal.  And if I didn’t have to live with them all…or do stuff married people do….well you get it: the point is I just love them to bits.

BUT…..just between you and I, there is one little thing that worries me sometimes.  I listen to these huge inspiring plans to change the world – some bigger than my peripheral vision will stretch – and I have no doubt many will do just as they plan to do.  And more. But here is what I can’t help thinking…………

…..what if you die tomorrow?

Now before you think I’m being dramatic or morbid just remember that every day I talk to and work with people who have lost someone they love.  And very often this is an unexpected death, a death ‘too early’, a death ‘before their time’.  A death of someone who didn’t get to do all they planned. So I tend to look at things a little differently and have a heightened awareness of the fact that it could end any day. For any one of us.

So if you have amazing plans to change the world, if every day you look in the mirror and tell yourself the difference you are making and going to make…..what happens if it all ends tomorrow and you don’t get to do it?  Would that mean you haven’t changed the world?  Would that mean you didn’t do what you were here to do?  Seriously, would you feel as proud of the achievements you’ve already made as you will be of the ones you plan to make?

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting for a second that you don’t make those big plans. By all means, make them even bigger!  That isn’t my point.  My point is that I worry that people say they are ‘going to’ change the world…..and that they don’t think they have already. And that breaks my heart.

How many people do you have to have helped before you’ve officially changed the world?  Have many books or articles have to have been written about you?  How many people have to know your name before you are considered a world-changer, a thought-leader, a star?

Want my answer?  One.  You only have to have changed one person’s life to have changed the world.  Don’t imagine that once you do a, b and c you will then have made an impact on this planet.  You have already done it.  You do it every single day of your existence.

There are people out there who, if asked who has made a difference in their life, who has touched them, helped them, taught them, loved them, would name you.  There are people who would not be where they are without you. There may even be people who would not exist had it not been for you (hands up all parents).

Every day of your life, like it or not, try or not, you have impacted the lives of others.  And the impact you have had on their lives will affect the impact they have on the lives of others…and so on.  I’ve learnt in the past year that some of the people who made the biggest impact in my life had no idea that they had.  And I bet you don’t either. I bet you underestimate just exactly how much you’ve changed the world already.  Well….stop it.

If your life flashed before your eyes or you were on your proverbial death-bed and reflecting on your life…who would you be thinking about? Richard Branson? Oprah? Steve Jobs?  Or would it be your mum, your best friend, a teacher that taught you to believe in yourself, the first guy or gal who you fell in love with, the person who stuck up for you, the person who helped you up the last time you fell down?

One of the lives that you’ve changed may well have been mine.  And to me that means that despite the fact that Oprah is my hero…she hasn’t had anywhere near the impact you have.  Not on my world.

So make your plans to change the world in huge ways….and go out and do that…I’m 100% behind you. But always remember the difference you have made already, the difference you make every single freakin’ day. So that no matter what happens in your life you know, with absolute certainty, that you have touched this planet.  In a massive way.  Because you truly have.

And hey, surely it’s easier to go out and change the world when you realise that actually…….you’ve been doing it all along.

Kristie

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{ 32 comments }

Bridget Hunt November 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Wow.
Sob.
What a beautiful post. It is something I think about a lot.
Am going to share this, it is VERY powerful Kristie.

Jon November 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Beautiful Kristie!

Katrina Collier November 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Wow! Beautifully written and so moving!

Jacqueline Biggs November 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Wow what a great post!!! It’s so true how much we all underestimate the amazing influence we have xx

Matt Hodkinson November 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I’m doing it right now! Thanks for the reminder, Kristie, and if polygamy were legal, or at least broadly tolerated by society, it would be a Yes from me! ;o)

Leesa Daymond November 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Wow! That’s what I call a love letter Xx Thank you inspirational and beautiful woman – great post, perfect timing 😀

kemi November 3, 2011 at 11:56 pm

An amazing and inspiring blog. loved it!

Marcela November 4, 2011 at 12:39 am

*sniff* my vision is blurred from the tears Kristie, happy tears of realisation, how wonderful. Blessings to you always because you have changed my world xxx and maybe a yes from me too! 😀

Prue November 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

Wow a beautiful post – thank you for sharing your wisdom.

Fiona Scott November 4, 2011 at 10:29 am

You’re so right Kristie – most of the time we think about the big picture and see the world on a big screen, but your post prompts us to remember the little things too, and to be grateful for who and what we have in our lives already 🙂

sandra November 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

spot on, Ive already sent it onto my friends and encourage them to read your posts,

Millie Ker November 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Beautifully expressed Kristie as always. Making a difference can be as simple as a smile or a kind word. And as a wise friend once said to me, which made a big impact, ‘never underestimate your value – the world would not be the same place without you in it’. Simples! xx

H elen Williamson November 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thanks kristie! Both for the words about the community and the acknowledgement and reminder to all of us that we will all have helped others in one way or another already. I’m having a wobbly day today and had just found a comment on FB from Leigh that helped, and then this from yourself – amazing and the wonderous spirit of you and the community shines through. Have a great weekend.

Hope November 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Love this post. Very inspiring

Fi Ivin November 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm

This is a really profound and moving post. Thank you Kristie. Some little while back a friend phoned to tell me the difference I had made to her life. She is part of a team and they had been encouraged identify people who had had an impact on them and then take steps to let them know. It was very humbling and profound and gave me a whole new sense of responsibility about the community of people around me and the effect, quite unwittingly, I might have on them in unexpected ways. It also made me think about who I could say “thank you” to because they input into my life in ways they might not realise. Sometimes a tangible acknowledgement – little bunch of flowers, a card etc can be a real encouragement to someone who may not even know they make a difference to you but would benefit from hearing that they do.

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thanks darling. xxxxx

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thanks Jon. Glad you liked it. x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

Thanks Katrina. x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

Thanks Jacqueline. Indeed, we usually do! x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks Matt! And perhaps if we all flew to another country we could get married…. 😉 x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks Leesa. You’re the inspiration for another post to come soon. I’ll send you the link. xx

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

Thanks darling! x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

Aww thanks Marcela. I’m glad it touched you. And see my response to Matt. I think if we all fly oversea this marriage thing might be a goer. 😉 x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

Thanks Prue. x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

Thanks Fiona, glad you liked it. Hope you’re well. I’ve been enjoying all your videos! x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

That’s wonderful – thanks Sandra. I hope they get lots out of them. x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

Exactly Millie – simples! 😉 x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

Hi Helen, glad it helped. I’m always here when you’re feeling wobbly if you want to get in touch. I have plenty of wobbly days (note present, not past tense)…and am only an email or phone call away! x

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

Thanks Hope xx

Kristie West November 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

Thanks Fi, did you see my 30 day challenge a while back? It’s a great way to get yourself to take the time to say thanks to the people who matter – I was blown away by how many of them had no idea at all just how much they mattered to me! xx

denny November 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Loved this post.

It puts me in mind of the core of Talmudic teaching which says that “when you save one life it is as if you saved the entire world”. Similarly, if we’ve helped just one person we’ve lightened the load – and ultimately that must be as worthwhile a contribution as helping many. Utilitarians might argue otherwise, saying that what counts is the greatest good for the greatest number, and there’s truth in that too. But we should not underestimate the good we can do in our own way, as you say, even for one other person. For that person, we’ve eased their burden or given them some pleasure or actively helped them – and that makes a world of difference to them. (And of course makes us feel good too! That’s why altruism is a win-win situation!)

(PS: I hope to get to know you better. Micia has been the link to new friends more than once in my life! She’s the Little Cat That Could!) :- )

Kristie West November 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Hiya Denny, you found me! Thanks for the comment. Mic and I will see you soon!

xx