If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change!

The late, exceedingly great, Michael Jackson used these lyrics in his iconic song and they have never been more accurate. A lot of times, we tend to put blame on the world around us for our state of mind. We blame other people and their actions on our state of mind and being. We think and move according to how we feel we have been treated and end up recycling negative energy into the world. This does nothing but spread continued negative energy and discord, which is of course detrimental to our collective mental health.

A mirror is an object that reflects an image. It shows the image in its truest form. No abnormalities or imperfections. Thus when we go in front of one, it reflects us. It reflects YOU. It shows you who you are and allows you to see yourself the way the world sees you. Try talking in the mirror the way you do and see how you look. You may be surprised by what you see. That is why to truly begin to make change in this world, we need to look at ourselves and see what we put into the world. There are many questions you can ask yourself to get an idea of what energy we put into the world:

  • How do I treat other people?
  • How do I respond to other people?
  • How do I take criticism?
  • What do I expect from other people?
  • How do I want to be viewed by other people?

We all want to maintain our individuality in this world and I do not advocate living your life just in accordance to how other people may see you. Nevertheless, I do believe that positive actions beget positive actions. Being kinder to your fellow man goes a long way into making the world a brighter place. For you and for me, and the entire human race. The goal of making the world a better place is a goal we all need to work towards. Being nicer to people doesn’t make you weak. It doesn’t lose you respect. It builds towards more peaceful environments where we can comfortably be our best selves.

Making the world a better place starts with you. It starts with me. We need to look in our metaphysical mirrors and take a look at how we deal with people. How we talk to them. How we greet them. How we stand in the face of disagreement with them. How we respond to them when they need help. How we respond when they need discipline. All of our interactions with other people can be examined and optimized to not only demand respect from our peers, but also to show care and compassion to them as well. We gotta start with the man in the mirror and ask them to change their ways. For the better good and a better world.

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