29 Mar 5 Ways to Reshape Your Country
I’ve always heard about them on BBC Radio or seen them on television shows but it wasn’t until my trip to Canada in 2011 that I met face to face with young refugees who for one reason or another had to flee their home countries.
Having fled from several parts of Africa they have found places that they are still learning to call home. As I sat and listened to their stories my heart broke and I was angry at how the world could be such a corrupt place. Being a prolific traveller, I have found that in spite of the physical dissimilarities, people everywhere are the same and if our hearts and motives are not pure, corruption is inevitable.
The core of every society is the family and though we tend to blame the government for the atrocities in our countries, the reality is that everything begins at HOME.
Today these boys are seeing the world through new eyes and my hope is that they will become the change they have are now experiencing.
Sports is always a good way to interact with youths so naturally we played a game of football until it was time to return to class. The time spent with them will forever be etched in my heart.
The idea of changing the world can be daunting. It is not only easy but understandable to think, I’m only one person; what can I really do? However, if every person thinks that, nothing will get done.
So here are Five ways you can help make your country a better place:
1. Volunteer your time at local schools
Whether you have a school age child or not, children are the future of this world. Spend time helping them reach their potential by tutoring, mentoring or taking part in an after school program, teaching them values such as honesty, love and servanthood.
2. Be Generous
It’s easy to be selfish with your time, money and resources by getting caught up in our material-driven societal expectations. Try being generous and see how your life changes. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks, a bag of peanuts for a friend on the street, read to children at your local library or simply stop and listen for the answer when you ask a friend how they’re doing. Chances are that your generosity will energize you, and you’ll feel less helpless about how to make the world a better place.
3. Teach Transparency in the Home
If your child is doing something that’s not right, correct them. You are their reference of what’s right and what’s is wrong until they have branched off in their own life. Maybe you don’t have children of your own but are very close others who allow you to speak into their kids lives. Use that chance to teach children from home.
4. Honour Your Elders
Culturally, i’ve grown up learning how to respect the elderly. As I travel, I realized that this value is not taught everywhere and people lose the nuggets of wisdom sometimes sitting right in from of them. The nature of our society is reflected in how we treat our women, children and elderly. How does the way elders are treated in your country speak of you?
5. Teach By Example
Teaching by example goes beyond treating your children with love and respect. It has to do with how we treat each other as spouses, siblings, coworkers, anybody. It is true, children learn by what they see so the way you treat those around us will be mirrored in their actions in the years to come.
Just one step at a time and we can make a difference. We are the change that we want to see, so let’s make it happen.
Question: How can you actively start shaping your country this week with these tips?