It’s up to you to change the world

There’s this older, bent-over man who lives in my community.

I see him out on the main road, hat firmly on his head, sunglasses in place, plastic bag in hand.  He spots every hint of trash – the dented soda cans, bits of promotional flyers, abandoned gum wrappers.

It is his mission to keep our neighborhood free from the tossed-out reminders of our busy lives.  He was mentioned recently on our online neighborhood discussion board.  Someone called out the incredible task he is doing, and I was drawn into the comments that followed.


A casually tossed-out comment caught my attention, “Isn’t he paid to do that?”


No – he’s not. He chooses to spend several hours each day, traipsing up and down the boulevard, making our community a cleaner, better place to live. He volunteers his time. He chooses to do what he can to impact the lives of those around him.

He probably isn’t an expert in neighborhood management, or waste disposal, or community building. But his actions are affecting thousands of residents. He has chosen to do what he knows how to do to make his world a better place.

Did you know that you have that capability, too? You don’t have to be a brain surgeon or rocket scientist to change the world. You don’t have to be the President or even the Mayor.

What you do need is a willingness to make a difference.  You need a willingness to give your time, and a willingness to use your talents in whatever way you can.

Think about what you can do today to start impacting the future.  All you need to change the world is….you.

Is your world perfect?  If not, it’s time to change it.

It’s up to you to change the world.


10 thoughts on “It’s up to you to change the world”

  1. Daria says:

    That is so awesome! I’m sure he takes delight and pride in keeping his community clean. I know this keeps him up and moving and that’s good for the elderly. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading, Daria!

  2. Henrietta M Ross says:

    What a great man, litter drives me mad, lack of respect for this little blue dot we’re renting from the universe.

    Really great inspirational post.

    1. Me too Henrietta! It’s just as easy to put it in a bin as throw it out your window…. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Kimmie says:

    Lovely post. Inspirational.

  4. gulara says:

    What an inspiring story. I agree wholeheartedly – change begins with us.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gulara!

  5. Lisa Scott says:

    Hello, I left a comment earlier but then my computer died so not sure if it took or not, but this is a lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Lisa! I didn’t receive the earlier comment, so thanks for taking the time to come back! 🙂

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