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Our world has always had problems. There has always been racism, terrorism, hatred, and other horrible wrongdoings toward human beings. However, we don’t have to sit back and just accept life like this.

You can change the world. I can change the world. And it starts with SELF.

This is where our power lies: With Self. Because we can’t control other people. We can only control ourselves. And that’s empowering.

We have more power than we think. Isn’t that good news?! Since everything starts with Self, then this is absolutely good news!

To begin, we don’t change the world for the better by trying to make other people look bad, belittling them, pointing out their flaws, bashing them, lying about them, and painting an ugly, dark picture of them.

Getting our point across at the expense of someone else is not the way to go. In fact, it often backfires.

A confident person who stands firm in their truth doesn’t need to belittle others to feel good about themselves.

Someone who wants to be respected and taken seriously does so by speaking their truth in a respectful, productive manner, with a strong argument.

A strong argument doesn’t mean actual arguing. We don’t strengthen our argument by raising our voices.

We strengthen our argument by doing our research, gaining information from credible sources, and carefully thinking through our goals and how to reach them.

We can then effect change by contacting our District and State Representatives, volunteering to sit on Boards, studying and working in the field of Policy, starting our own businesses, participating in peaceful protests, etc.

These are proactive steps that can be taken to change the world.

We don’t change the world by violently going against other people through slanderous remarks, negativity, criticisms, and spreading of misinformation.

That’s creating negativity and hatred—the very things I thought most people wanted to get away from. Aren’t we all trying to snuff out hatred?

We should certainly use our voices to advocate for what we believe in, and we live in a country where we can do so. But there is a way to do it where it will be productive and not harmful to other people. Because, essentially, when we harm one, we harm all.

If we want love and respect from others, then we must first be loving and respectful toward others.

Calling people names, begging for their demise and fall, and putting negative energy into the Universe about them only strengthens those individuals and weakens us.

Now, isn’t that counterproductive to our goals?

If you want to see a change, you have to first BE the change.

So, again, it starts with Self. And I am asking each of you to rise to the challenge and let love start with you.

Now, who’s with me?

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Dr. Jennifer L. Prince is a counseling psychologist with over 10 year's experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been married for over two decades. She is a lover of animals, Paleo cooking, and purposeful living. Her life's mission is to empower people to break free from old, conditioned patterns, and live a life of happiness, fulfillment, and freedom from suffering.