Have you ever seen trouble in the world and wondered how will we change it? Do you ever wonder why nobody seems to care?’ Are you ever overwhelmed by hate and violence, poverty and sickness, despair and loneliness?’ Sometimes the world’s problems are overwhelming and we feel so inadequate. That is normal. But I think part of the problem is that we often think that we must do something big to really help and we get tired just thinking about it. But real change comes from many people doing the little things that add up to a lot.

And instead of waiting for change to come, or for some to come and help change, we need to be the change. If we see someone struggling, ask what we can do to help If we see someone being abused, speak up for them. Advocate for the marginalized. Be a friend to the friendless. Or something even smaller – if you see trash pick it up. Do what you can where you are. Encourage others to do the same, and be the example of positive change they can see and follow.

As Barack Obama said while running for President in 2008 -‘ be the change you want to see in the world’ Take personal responsibility by acting for change in your little corner of the world. And if we all did that, who knows what change might come?