Saturday, 21 December 2013

How to change the world

Sorry it has been such a long time since my last post. It was the end of term at school (I'm a primary school teacher) which was a bit crazy as I was also getting ready to go on holiday (I'm in South Africa with my family for Christmas).

I stumbled upon this picture this morning and it really made me think about the way that I think. I'm in South Africa at the moment and the African mentality is so different.. so much calmer and being here always brings me to a place of rest, clarity, reevaluating and thinking...

I think too often we look at the world and the problems it is filled with and the quickest and easiest way to process/cope is to blame someone else (maybe the government of that country, or poor quality of education, the list is endless) and it's easy to dismiss it as 'that's just how it is over there'. It's easy to just get on with our day and to forget the problems that dont touch/affect us, or maybe even to pause for a long enough moment to throw a bit of money at the problem to soothe our own conscience that we are 'doing something'.

But like this image says- to change the world, we must first change the way that we (and others) think: learn statistics and tell people; do some research, no matter how uncomfortable it is; challenge accepted wisdoms and practices that dont sit right with you/align with what you know to be right (for me, I also check it against the Bible).

Dont be silent. Use your voice and use your freedom to change the world, but in order to do so, you must start by challenging yourself and the way that you think.


Ronell x

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