I read this sentence a farewell letter by a leaving University President- he said “I am glad I am leaving the University in a better state that I found it in”.
I have been meditating on these words and thinking how this could apply to all of us…in every situation… a goal that we could all strive for.
Can we challenge ourselves to leave the world that we live in, in a better state than we found it?
I certainly am up to this challenge…for example, in my work places…if I see problems, hazards, bullying, and things that I could see can be improved, I do my best to try improve/do something about it.
I wasn’t always like this though, I used to think that things get better because it was other people’s responsibility to make it better.
I taught myself from a young age that I wasn’t a leader, I was just a mere follower. I never put my hand up to be an Student Representative or on any student boards, because I didn’t care enough about others. I expected things to come handed to me on a silver platter and wanted other people to do the hard work, the rallying, the change and take action.
I’ve slowly realised, even if you see yourself as a mere follower, you are still a leader in your own way. Whether it is your influence on family, friends or colleagues around you, you still have influence. You don’t need to be the president of the United States of America or head of the student council to be someone that people want to follow.
Even when you train up a new employee or help someone, you are showing love, leadership and leading by example. You can change the world in all different ways, whether its by recycling, finding ways to use solar power, saving water or cleaning up the environment…we can all do our bit, small and large. ..
I think I have gone slightly off tangent… BUT I hope you will join me in this journey of life, to not make it a selfish one, but one where we can leave this world in a slightly better place than we found it.