Sunday 18 February 2018

Mindful moment… You have the power to change the world

We have the choice to be kind to the people around us
We have the choice to be kind to the people around us

Marianne Power

There is an old Chinese curse which goes like this: "May you live in interesting times." We are without doubt living in interesting times. Donald Trump. Brexit. The ever-growing list of high profile deaths…

At this point, 2016 feels like the year when the world has turned upside down - and it is very scary. Most of us feel unsettled and unsure of what the future holds, and many people are using this fear to turn on each other - but this doesn't make anything better. Martin Luther King said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." These kinds of sayings can feel abstract and meaningless, but they are not. We all have more power than we realise. Every day each and every one of us has a choice as to how to behave. Whether to be kind to the people around us or whether to turn against them.

For the lack of anything else that I can do now, I am choosing to be as nice to everyone around me as I can be. It might not change the world but it might change the worlds of the people around me, even if just in a small way. And that is better than nothing.

* Marianne Power is the author of

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