Acts do matter

Ruth Cherian, Staff Writter

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The Golden Rule, ”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” has always fascinated me. This sentiment is the key to a world filled with love and peace. Questions do arise regarding a life of joy and happiness when surrounded by hatred and chaos. Our minds wonder if it is possible to bring a change in the world, and we also doubt the chances of spreading kindness over the world. Leaders from around the globe organize campaigns and conferences to analyze and produce solutions to make our world a better place. It seems that the more problems that are resolved, new problems arise in their place. Now, is it possible to enhance our world’s current stance on violence? As students, the mission to change the world might sound crazy. But we have the power to make a difference. Our small acts are worth a million.

Napoleon Hill, a great self-help author, once said, “Think twice before you speak, because your word and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” Words are strong, due to their power to help and harm. Words shape lives. Words create reactions and emotions. Words define character. It is true that our words are our most powerful weapons. Therefore, speak with a spirit of kindness. Speak to and of others the way you would like to be spoken to and about. We must discipline ourselves to speak with respect and humility. If questions pop up on how it is possible to think before speaking, answer them with questions. Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? To make it simple, speak calmly and avoid expressing anger as much as possible. Anger creates gaps in relationships, and drain energy. Putting effort into controlling your words will change lives.

One of the important goals to bring a difference is to respect the unrespected. Respect is courtesy. It is the fundamental key to producing a change in personality. These days, people lack respect, and so do not understand the effects of their actions on others. Observe the environment around and notice those who are looked down upon for their incapabilities. Find something in a person or even an experience that was positive or beneficial and focus on that. There are circumstances in which you were or were made out to be the bad guy, and others made no effort to respect your role in the matter, or went out of their way to demolish your integrity or reputation. Do not follow in the same order, even if you feel it is just or deserved. You do not know what goes on in the mind of another or what motivates another’s actions. All you can do is take responsibility for your response to this situation, and choose to show ultimate compassion and respect when it is hard to find.
Anyone aiming to produce a positive outcome in society should think about producing a change with how one treats others. Overall, the key to making a positive impact through your actions is to treat others the way you want to be treated.

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