Don’t Ask for Change. Be the Change.

I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody.

- Unknown

I immigrated to this country when I was two years old. I was one of the lucky ones who could get a visa because my grandfather was in the Bracero Program, which brought millions of Mexican workers to the United States between 1942 and 1964. Currently, there are nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children who are not as lucky as I was. Since 2012, these immigrants were protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The purpose of DACA was to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. The current president has recently ended DACA. I could have been one of these young immigrants. I am sad for them. Today I want to dedicate this blog post to them.

Superman can’t save you. You can save you. I know the direction of our country and our world looks grim, but we need to stay hopeful and optimistic that the clouds will clear and the rainbow will appear. I know that uncertainty and instability can cause chaos within ourselves. We all want to be assured that we will be okay. We all need to feel that we are going to be taken care of. Only when you decide to be your own hero, can you save yourself and influence others. It’s going to be up to you to change whatever situation you are dealing with into a prosperous one. Don’t expect world leaders to fix your problems. Rise above your problems and, as you do, you will become the shining light who will guide others to do the same. Step out of your comfort zone. Be the change you want to see in your home, community, and world. More than ever, we need beacons of light who will shine light on the injustices of the world. More than ever, we need you to step up for the scapegoats of our nation. There are no accidents in life, just lessons. There are lessons to be found in what is going on in the world—lessons we may have forgotten—lessons that will remind us that our power is found in our human spirit. We have much to learn about our true purpose on this planet. Today, I want to challenge you to get uncomfortable; to fight for your joy and happiness; to fight for your dreams! Know that we can no longer blame others for the cause of our misery and expect others to bring us joy and certainty. It’s YOU, and only you, who has the power to transform your life and impact the life of others.  Are you willing to give up some comfort to create a better world for yourself and others? Here are three tips on how to be the change you want to see.

What is something you would like to change in your home, community, or the world?
A key to being a change agent is to identify what you want to change. What is something that drives you insane? What do you desire? Do you wish people were kinder to each other? Are you seeking more connection? Do you wish there was no more prejudice? I believe that we all have a purpose—a mission—in life. We are all impacting the world with our life views and ideas. What moves you? When we identify what we would like to change, we transcend into purpose. We all have a mission for our lives. There is significance in discovering what your mission is and pursuing it. My mission is to inspire you to believe in your dreams by defying all of your limiting beliefs. I also seek to remind you that although many people have surrendered to fear, love is the superpower given to us by our creator to change the world

You can do something big or small.
To be the change you must emulate what you are seeking to change. For example, if you are seeking less prejudice in the world, ask yourself if you are being open and inviting to people who may be different than you. If you are seeking more kindness, be an example of kindness and love. As you change your old ways, you will influence others to do the same. It’s your light that will bring clarity to others. It’s easier to point fingers and blame others for problems. Instead, be the solution, be the change. Little things you do can have major ripple effects in your family, community, and the world.

Your success is dependent on taking care of yourself.
You can’t change the world if you don’t take care of yourself. Love yourself. Listen to your inner wisdom. Take care of your body, mind, and soul. When you are an advocate for yourself, you can better affect those around you. You give them the best of you, and they, in return, give you their best. As I become aware of my love for myself, I can give more to others. When you value and respect your being, it gives others permission to love and respect themselves.

Our world needs your help. Those who have decided to be the change they want to see in the world have indeed changed the world. Know that you are capable of influencing others with your good deeds. It can be your mission to seek change for the better. To be successful in changing the world you must take care of yourself and reflect what you want to see in the world. Until next Monday, Believe. Change. Become!

Sending many blessings and love your way!