Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: What would you change?

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    What would you change if you could change anything in the world? 

    My daughter Rebecca caused me to think about this loaded question. She and her good friend Taylor were exploring this subject Saturday night. While I’m sure their thoughts encompassed a variety of points, here’s what she shared: 

    • Taylor: Empowering people with more confidence to realize their strengths and abilities.
    • Rebecca: Helping people discover the power of kind words and being a good friend. 

    Empowering with confidence and strength, kindness and friendship; perhaps nothing would better change the world. 

    Inspired by Rebecca, I wanted to know what others thought. I reached out to Google, and to some family and friends. Here’s a few of their thoughts which inspired me. 

    Nelson Mandela: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. 

    Harriet Tubman: Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. 

    Robin Williams: No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. 

    Bono: Music can change the world because it can change people.

    While each of the above quotes was inspiring in its own right, I was most touched by the comments I received in reply to a simple text I sent out Sunday night. Some were simple and to the point; others more in-depth and thought provoking. In each, I found wisdom and inspiration. 

    DY: That people would love, respect, and treat everyone with kindness, no matter their religion, political choice, or the color of their skin. 

    CP: The hatred between races. 

    LJ: Besides no euthanasia on healthy animals... Not judging a book by its cover. Too many people judge others for any reason… tattoos, religion, politics. People need to give everyone a chance without judging them. Even me. Ugh. Biggest change in this world needs to start with ourselves! 

    KS: World peace. 

    RW: My comment will probably be way different than most, maybe not understood. I remember in the early 80’s when the state of Utah voted on bringing cable TV into our state. Hollywood has brought too many evil concepts into our homes. The illusion that everyone is doing it delivered to the masses has deteriorated people’s minds as to what is right and what is wrong. If I could change one thing, that’s where I would start. I still enjoy Little House on the Prairie, Grizzly Adams, and Hallmark movies. Although these programs are delivered thru the cable and dish delivery system, way too many evil things have piggybacked thru this medium. Our morals have become desensitized. I miss the good old ultra conservative days. Oh yeah, I can’t forget Andy Griffith. LOL! You would have never seen the title Sex in the City in the TV Guide. It just wouldn’t have been accepted prior to 1990. All of this being said I do support the First Amendment Freedom of Speech. 

    LP: That people wouldn’t be sad. 

    RP: World Peace. Clean water worldwide. Everyone making a livable wage and have access to suitable housing. Teacher to student ratio be 12:1 in elementary and 18:1 in junior high and high school. College tuition to be the same regardless of which college/university you go to, and to have a cap on college debt of $5,000 per year you attend. Rid the stigma society has put on mental health issues. 

    LS: Shut off the internet. Need to talk to someone? Call them or go visit them. Need information for a report? Talk to someone with experience. Need help with a math problem? Should’ve listened in class. Want to wish someone a happy birthday? Tell them in person. Need to sign and send a document? Mail it. We’re less likely to bully someone in person. I could go on and on. I think the world would be a better place and human beings would be more conscientious without it. Perhaps life would move at a more manageable pace. I feel the same about cell phones. I wouldn’t mind cell phones as long as they were only used as phones. YES, I DO RIDE A HORSE AND BUGGY TO WORK EVERYDAY! :) 

    Finally, the Ultimate Teacher taught the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. 

    If you’re one who likes working from lists, here’s Ten Things That Even You Can Do to Change the World from author and designer Lana Winter-Hébert: 

    • Share Positivity 
    • Plant a Garden 
    • Meditate 
    • Speak Up, and Take Action 
    • Clean Up 
    • Stop Polluting the Water 
    • Reconsider Your Eating Habits 
    • Find Out More About What You Buy/Wear/Use 
    • Volunteer 
    • Be Kinder 

    With inspiration provided, now what will you do? Personally, I’m taking my lead from Taylor and Rebecca by striving to empower people with more confidence to realize their strengths and abilities, and help people discover the power of kind words and being a good friend. 

    Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share. 

    Les Patterson 

    P.S. Take 13 minutes today to be check out Soul Pancake’s thoughts on changing the world, including Kid President

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    Les Patterson loves to share stories and the “Monday Morning Boost” is his way of sharing a story or two with family, friends, and clients. Les believes every person, business and organization has a story worth sharing. Since 1997 he has enjoyed finding compelling ways to share those stories through writing and producing radio commercials at the Cache Valley Media Group. Discover how he can help tell your story at www.CacheValleyMediaGroup.com. Feedback and comments are welcome at les@cvradio.com. ©2016, Les Patterson. All Rights Reserved.