Thoughts, words and deeds.

By on April 26, 2013

Last year, when Nelson Mandela died, it got me thinking about how amazing it is that one person, ONE PERSON out of billions who have gone before can do so much to change the world in the space of 95 years. It got me thinking about all the people who have taken a similar path, for better or for worse to change the shape of the world around them, and it got me thinking about the means through which people have done so. I came to the conclusion that everything that has been to change the world has come through the simple process of someone thinking, saying or doing something that the people around them werenʼt thinking, saying or doing.

Most things start with a thought. Edison thought of the lightbulb, Darwin thought of evolution and Capurnicus thought maybe everything doesnʼt revolve around us. Columbus thought he got there first, Hitler thought his ideals were superior and Einstein thought of E=MC squared. J.K Rowling thought of a boy named Harry, Christy Brown thought his condition was not a hindrance but a mere inconvenience, Thomas Andrews thought the titanic was unsinkable and Plato thought about the meaning of life. It seems like amazing thoughts lead to amazing people, the reason being can be found In the words of Gandhi “a man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks he becomes.”

For a thought to develop into something more it has to be said. This is where things begin to get difficult. Everyone has the capability to think of something they want or would change, but the bravado and courage needed to verbalise your ideas into something no longer refined to your own mind takes something more, something not as easily found in people. Martin Luther King Junior stood before a quarter of a million people and said “I have a dream”. J.F.K said “we choose to go to the moon not because it is easy, but because it is hard”, and Mark Zuckerberg said “the biggest risk … is not taking risks”.These words alone represent landmarks in humanity. Times when people saw that words can be one of the most fundamental tools to change the world. People began to speak up. I think one of the most relatable ways to make a difference for everyone is the way of doing. It was once said that “the superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” This is where the physical action of doing something comes into play – something we are not so great at. Newton watched an apple, Jesse Owens ran across the line and Rosa Park stayed firmly in her seat. Neil Armstrong took a small step, Muhammad Ali became the best and Michael Jordan threw a ball into a hoop. It seems like a lot can be achieved through the simple act of doing! So many great people used simple things to achieve those things not so simple, and they did it, because the connection between all of us is linked – and in the words of the great Steve Jobbs: “Things donʼt have to change the world to be important.” So, whatever you do by thinking, by saying and by doing, remember this, YOU may not change the world, but, YOU can change the world around you!

Source: Eoghan Byrne, Skerries,
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