To Change the World


The Word Press prompt question today is “Whose responsibility is it to change the world?” I think the answer tom this question is that is the responsibility of each person to change the world for the better every day. No one agency or political party can affect lasting change in the world. Agencies and nations must have the support of the people of their nation behind them. But that is for big issues. For everyday life, each of us has a responsibility to contribute to changing the world in their own city, town, or area. An appropriate song for this philiosophy is Michael Jackson’s song “The Man in the Mirror.” Here are the lyrics and the video :

“Man In The Mirror”

I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin’ My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See
Their Needs
A Summer’s Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man’s Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya’ Know
‘Cause They Got Nowhere
To Go
That’s Why I Want You To
Know

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)
(Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah)

I’ve Been A Victim Of A Selfish
Kind Of Love
It’s Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They’re Not
Alone?

A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody’s Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream
(Washed-Out Dream)
They Follow The Pattern Of
The Wind, Ya’ See
Cause They Got No Place
To Be
That’s Why I’m Starting With
Me
(Starting With Me!)

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Ooh!)
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I’m Asking Him To Change His
Ways
(Change His Ways-Ooh!)
And No Message Could’ve
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .)
Change!

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror,
(Man In The Mirror-Oh
Yeah!)
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make The Change)
(You Gotta Get It Right, While
You Got The Time)
(‘Cause When You Close Your
Heart)
You Can’t Close Your . . .Your
Mind!
(Then You Close Your . . .
Mind!)
That Man, That Man, That
Man, That Man
With That Man In The Mirror
(Man In The Mirror, Oh Yeah!)
That Man, That Man, That Man
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
You Know . . .That Man
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Oh Yeah!)
Gonna Feel Real Good Now!
Yeah Yeah! Yeah Yeah!
Yeah Yeah!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Ooooh . . .)
Oh No, No No . . .
I’m Gonna Make A Change
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good!
Come On!
(Change . . .)
Just Lift Yourself
You Know
You’ve Got To Stop It.
Yourself!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
I’ve Got To Make That Change,
Today!
Hoo!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Got To
You Got To Not Let Yourself . . .
Brother . . .
Hoo!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
You Know-I’ve Got To Get
That Man, That Man . . .
(Man In The Mirror)
You’ve Got To
You’ve Got To Move! Come
On! Come On!
You Got To . . .
Stand Up! Stand Up!
Stand Up!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Stand Up And Lift
Yourself, Now!
(Man In The Mirror)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Aaow!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Gonna Make That Change . . .
Come On!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know . . .
(Change . . .)
Make That Change.

The most pertinent lyrics are: “If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place, Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make A Change.” Jackson tells us that it is up to each of us to make the change we want to see in the world. One person at a time can change the world.

I have taken this theme to heart in my own life. I volunteer in several ways to try to make a change in the world. I am an intergenerational tutor with the senior citizens’ group OASIS. We tutor elementary school students in grades 1 – 3 in reading to help them improved their reading skills and to learn to enjoy reading. If a student can’t read well, he or she cannot do well in school. Reading is the foundation of learning and the tutors give one hour each week toward helping at-risk children hone their reading skills. We are like surrogate grandparents to these children and become good friends over the course of the school year. We hope that our efforts will help change the life of one child at a time.

Another volunteer activity I am involved in is working with CASA: Court-Appointed Special Advocates for children who are abused and/or neglected. We advocates take on one case at a time of children in one family who have been abused and/or neglected, and we advocate in court for the best interests of the children. We work with the family and the children in an effort to reunite the family in a better situation so that the children can return home to a healthier family.

I also try to help the homeless of our city by providing snack packages to the homeless people I meet at street intersections, who, for some reason do not go to the shelters but stay on the streets. My snack packages provide some nourishment for the homeless people I meet. I have also worked with a church to hand out blankets to the homeless people who stay under the bridge or in the park in the wintertime, in hopes of making their lives a little easier.

I sponsor a child through Children International by sending money each month for her support and write letters of encouragement to her. The amount of support is small for the benefits it provides for sixteen year old Elyka Ann in the Philippines. She is able to attend school and receive health care. Her family is also provided some support from my contributions so that they have pots and pans and other household items, and lights in their home.

There are so many things that each one of us can do to make a change in one person’s life every day. It doesn’t take much effort or time to help one person in some way. Just being polite and courteous to the people we meet each day helps change the world as people feel valued for who they are.

Please take some time out of your day to do one thing to help make the world a better place.

About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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2 Responses to To Change the World

  1. The Hook says:

    Your light shines brightly, young lady! Well done.

  2. See…you do make a difference! Don’t underestimate yourself, lady.

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