It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”-Gandhi
It’s funny. Even though I always feel kind of “different” from those around me, I can’t think of that one, strong belief that sets me apart from those in my community.
Am I wishy-washy? Afraid to commit? I would describe it more as being neutral. For example, I don’t eat meat. I stopped eating meat in college after reading Frances Moore Lappe’s book, Food First. Aside from my 10-year-old daughter, also a vegetarian, my friends and family are all omnivores. My actions are based on a belief that eating a more plant-based diet is better for the health of the planet and for my own health. But I don’t think of it as a strong or defining belief.
I guess that what it comes down to is a realization that the choices I make, the actions I take are those that work for me, at this moment. I hope to make good choices, to be a good role model, to have a positive impact on those around me. However, I don’t mind what other people eat. I don’t have a strong belief in the rightness of eating a meatless diet.
I guess that is the one belief- that I can not change anyone but myself. By changing myself, working on myself, trying to improve my own things that need improving -I might just change the world.