There is a great song out there called “Waiting On The World To Change” by John Mayer. I love the music and the poetry of the lyrics. However, there is a message in the song that really drives me nuts.
The chorus simply states “So we keep waiting … waiting on the world to change.”
Why wait when you can act now and bring forth change quicker? Sitting back and expecting others to do the changing with either a) not change anything, or b) result in the change you do not want.
The song continues with “We just feel like we don’t have the means … to rise above and beat it.”
This is often the problem. People feel that the issues facing themselves and the world are too great for them to do anything. I understand that, and to some extent that might be true. For example, you aren’t going to get the Palestinians and the Israelis to lay down their arms and embrace each other in brotherhood on your own. However, you can fund or volunteer for organizations that work on that very issue. No one is telling you that you have to change the world on your own. Find people already involved with a field you believe in and lend a hand (or a wallet).
Make 2010 your year to stop waiting and start doing. Making a positive impact in one persons’ life can lead to changing the world. Just think, that person might become the leader of some major organization or even a nation one day … all because you lent them a hand when they needed it the most.
The lyrics for “Waiting on the world to change” can be found here.