Words and Ideas Can Definitely Change The World
Words and ideas have immense power. When I first was attracted to the world of aphorisms written by so many brilliant minds, I was a teenager trying to sort my way through a world that was confusing, scary, intimidating, inviting, opportune, and ripe for the taking.
In my choice to abandon Judaism, I had no spiritual support for the moments when life was overwhelming, disappointing, scary and it left me searching for new words and ideas.
I think my mom sensed this in me and created a book of some of these stimulating words and ideas which she wrote for me in her beautiful calligraphy in a blank journal…I regularly retreated into that book at moments of fear, despair, sadness and would look for a kernel of thought that would give me comfort based on whatever was troubling me at the moment.
As I got older and realized the power of these little tiny thoughts, I turned to them with more frequency and continued to collect them as they made themselves known to me in a host of ways.
Decades later, I have adopted the philosophy that by sharing these words and ideas with my friends and on social media, I can effectuate the opportunity to change the world one thought at a time. Given the reach that Pinterest has afforded me, these little messages are now seen by close to 1 million people per month now.
I found this quotation by Robin Williams this morning and I lit up like a sunflower staring straight into the morning sun. First, I think Robin is one of the greatest geniuses that ever walked the planet, and second, this particular thought is really the cornerstone to the reason why I spend so much time doing this.
The world can change, the world does change, and only those who are willing to make the attempt are the ones who are actually able to make it happen. If any one of the kernels of thought that I share from so many bright minds are able to impact an individual’s life, then the work is worthwhile.
I hope your Thursday brings you great joy and unexpected wonderful surprises!
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Do you think that words and ideas can change the world? How might your actions change the world?
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Can you make it rain harder? – No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. -Robin Williams