What’s best for you is what’s best for them
A monk of the ancient Eastern Orthodox church once said that “when a man goes out alone in the desert to meet God, he goes not only for himself but for the rest of the world.” His message was simply that it is impossible to pursue personal transformation without also producing global transformation. The efforts that we make towards our own individual greatness will inevitably contribute to the collective advancement of humanity as a whole. This awareness is what led Ghandi to say “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
When great spirits meet mediocre minds
Staying focused on being your best, however, is not always the easiest thing to do. The moment we decide to take a step towards change, we encounter the resistance of a world that does not wish to be moved out of its comfort zones. Albert Einstein once stated “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” For every one man with vision, there will be one hundred men with no imagination who insist on calling the visionary a fool. For every one woman with faith, there will be one hundred women with one hundred reasons for why the faithful should not believe. For every one child with a dream, there will be many who encourage him to just grow up and get real.
When you transcend them, you transform them
When such resistance is encountered, it is tempting to argue with critics and fight with enemies. As tough-minded optimists, however, we must adopt a higher path. Our purpose on this Earth is not to forcibly change people into what we want them to be.The purpose of an idea is not to convert others into believing it, but to become empowered by the idea so we can create beauty in our world that even our critics, enemies, and naysayers can be blessed by.
Abandon the need to be thought of highly. Let go of the pressure to make everyone happy. Don’t fear being misunderstood. Just go after your dreams, desires, and goals with the utmost tenacity. Humanity needs you whether it knows it does or not.
That, my friends, is T.K.’s Two Cents.
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