Do you still believe in changing the world?

In an article about purpose and resetting life, I wrote that I was going to change the world.

I worked hard and got top grades because I was going to change the world. Change the world by day and love the world by night. Geoff, Nut Fed

A recent question inspired me to write this follow-up.

I want to know if you stopped believing that this was possible, or if you still believe it? Friend

  1. I have not stopped believing in changing the world.
  2. Getting top grades is meaningless.
  3. My work, “change by day and love by night”, are one and the same.

1. I have not stopped believing in changing the world.

A friend messaged me privately to agree with words I wrote in an article about community called why I dream of living in a commune.  They said they feel it so strongly but felt like they were giving up admitting it.

I do not believe even our most dedicated individual efforts for self-improvement and world change have a large enough impact within the structure and against the momentum of the world as we know it. Geoff, We Learn Love

I explained to the friend who asked if I still believed:

Changing “the” world has become very much more about finding the good people and building community. Geoff

  1. Step 1, change starts with you.
  2. Step 2 isn’t changing the world.  Step 2 is with your closest friends and family.  It’s about community.  It’s about depth, not breadth.
  3. Step 3, breadth will follow meaningful change.

My inspiration is not simply to live an arbitrary life as another drop in the dead sea.

A life worth living does not involve 40 hours a week working for money in a world plagued with loneliness, fear and inaction.  A commune is not nearly as extreme as the progress I’d like to see in the world.  Love and joyful experience are fundamentally more important than accumulation of material wealth.  Let us put ourselves to the most fulfilling possible quest of pioneering the work of being alive and relating to ourselves and each other.  Find highest value in relationships as our ultimate means to feeling joyful, alive, and loved. Geoff, We Learn Love

So yes.  So very yes.  I absolutely believe in changing the world.  One life at a time.  Starting with my own.  Becoming a more compassionate and powerful person every day.  Meeting and joining like-minded inspired individuals.  Communing in pursuit and practice of our deepest transpersonal visions.  Modeling living in love for generations to come.

2. Getting top grades is meaningless.

  • Education is important.
  • Action is supreme.

For most of us, our best option was to stay in school and get good grades.  It’s the best we knew.  We’ll see this shift in the next generation.  As we shift into the information generation, tuition to physical attend university becomes absurd in comparison to affordable personalized online educations.  There’s nothing wrong with the old system except that it’s wasteful.

Everyone who ever said “why do we need to learn this” was saying far more than they could have imagined.  The “real world” is so much less about what we learned in grade school than it is about emotional health and interpersonal relationships.  Multiplication and geography are not at the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.

We do not need to learn war history or anti-racism if we dive straight into humanness, compassion and universal community.  We cannot simply put down arms all at once, but trust me no matter how much we shout for it, it will be a slow process.  So shout for it, and find your like-minded awakened souls and start exploring your hearts.

Our parents and the generations before us have built this world for us, in war and peace.  Theirs is the collective consciousness from which we are born.  Their hard work and tough lessons are the reason we stand so comfortable and deep.  Take a minute to thank your parents.  We have more to be grateful than we could ever comprehend.

3. “Change by day and love by night” are the same.

The work I do for the world is the change I make for love, each and every day.  I am as human as anyone else and in some ways maybe a bit worse.  The work I do for love starts with myself, managing my sensitivity and expression while continuing to open my mind and heart to new ideas, love and purpose.

I ask that we live in pursuit, grateful for all that we have and always in the action of love and compassion.  Gratitude itself is love and relating to this article is an act of compassion.  Develop awareness of these not simply as concepts but as living experiences.

Recognize our capacity for choice and change, to exercise perspective and action as though life itself was ultimately a journey toward self-actualization.  Recognize your arrogance and the vastness of what you do not know and cannot possibly foresee.  Take relief and inspiration in knowing your importance as an element of change.

Forget the fool’s errand of perfecting appearance and hoarding anything as though it were static or ever yours to keep.  Yours is this moment and the fundamental point of value is in your experience here and now.  You need not the yacht or period at the end of this sentence to feel good now, to reach out and improve someone’s day, and take action towards your highest purpose.

Live deliberately and start now.

You are love.  Namaste.

 

Unhappiness as motivation for change

The response to last week’s article was flattering.  We had several shares on Facebook and a small army discussing it on Reddit.  I’m getting positive feedback from old friends and complete strangers.  An old friend and mentor wrote:

Love the new blog!!!  Your writing will make a world of difference.  Spread your message to the world and the tribe will follow.

He also addressed the problem of the hour, which I face yet again this evening.  I’m tired and bored at my day job.  It’s easy to get discouraged and forget the good things a job provides.  A job may not be the best way of making money but it’s a good place to start.

Your job is an opportunity.  It’s an achievement that you’ve attained.  It alleviates the money concern.  Now you’re concerned about your health, your friends and family, your time and your life’s purpose.  Your concerns are elevated to a new level.

Don’t view your work as taking away from your mission.  It’s setting you up and will make you enjoy your journey that much more.  Be thankful for every day behind that desk.  It gets you closer to success every single day!

Another wise friend wrote a supporting message to our readers about confidence and noticing change in this process of personal development.

The changes inside of you will be noticed while you’re continuing onto your life’s work. It may come in the form of a subtle reaction that surprises you. Or a decision you make that you know you wouldn’t have made in the past.

I learned a lot last week.  I learned that great good and growth can come from opening up and being a bit vulnerable.  I was afraid to complain about my situation, recognizing how fortunate I am.  I also recognize that there’s a clear difference between whining and productive reflection on a problem I’m having.  And most of all, those ideas for solving a problem or approaching a difficult situation can inspire and be helpful to others.

So what’s eating you today?  Is there something you’d like to improve?  How are you going to approach the problem?  Could someone else learn from your approach?  How will you know until you share?

In the comments below, share your perspective or approach to solving a personal problem.  Ask yourself what you’d like to improve and use the first thing that comes to mind.  What’s the most important thing you can do in the next 24 hours?  Share with us below.

I’d like to improve how I feel about my job.

I catch myself behaving as though letting my job feel worse will help me get a new job thus solving my problem.  This is a terrible approach to improving my situation.  Letting my job feel worse will mean that I feel worse in the short term.  And crushing my spirits will not inspire me in the long run.  This behavior accomplishes nothing!

Relying on unhappiness as stimulus for positive change is unacceptable.

Make the most of where you are.  Keep a list of upsides and take advantage of them.  When you’re faced with a task you don’t want to do, be gentle.  Break it up, take baby steps and reward yourself.  Don’t stress if it’s not up to someone else’s standards – you’re not going to be stuck there much longer.  Do what you feel is right.  Don’t worry about others.  Do what makes you proud.

Your situation will improve instantly.  But don’t forget the greener pastures.  First be fair – is your job so terrible or is your perspective to blame?  If you’re job’s not so bad, coast and get to work on your dream.  If there’s something better for you out there, get to work.  Build the bridge and enjoy every step of your epic journey to a better situation.

Clarify that vision.  Set goals for improvement.  Focus your goals on self, not circumstance.  Have a plan.  Focus on high-return tasks – those are usually the ones you avoid doing.  Do one every day – put in the effort, take the risk, then you’re off the hook for the day.  Make progress every day.

No matter what you do, you are fortunate.  Take time to recognize the upsides of your situation and maximize them.  This will not prevent you from making positive change.  In fact it will boost your self-esteem and inspire you towards bigger goals than you dared dream.  Clarify the vision, set personal goals and make real progress everyday.

What situation would you like to improve?  What does improvement look like?  What are you going to do about it?  Share with us in the comments below!