Polychromatic Improvement:

Creating Insightful Change

“How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

At any given moment, you have the potential inside of you to act in whatever way you see fit. In spite of how overwhelmed you may at times feel to address the larger issues of the world around you, you are in fact never powerless to positively create change or impart influence on virtually any problem you encounter. Even if your perceived impact is miniscule, improvement of the world at large is just like personal improvement in that it must be tackled one small piece at a time, one foot in front of the other. You always have the ability to act in some fashion, what typically falters is your perspective, your motivation to do so.

“The greatest accomplishment of all is to recognize that we were freely handed two extraordinary gifts that we had no part in creating. The first is a talent to cultivate, and the second is the opportunity to cultivate it.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

By being conscious, self aware, capable of cultivation and conscientious activities, you are imbued with a great deal of potential to create change in the world. To feel powerless, to become paralyzed in inaction or agitated to the point of engaging in willful destruction, is to squander the profound gift of existence and all the creative potential it provides you. As long as you live and breath, you have the ability to take action, to cultivate something profound for yourself and those around you.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel

If you become disillusioned, depressed or overwhelmed with feelings of helplessness, don’t despair. Life can be very daunting and it’s natural to feel overburdened with all of the difficulties you’re required to overcome both internally and externally. Breath, take a step back and recompose yourself. Willfully seek a different perspective about what you’re trying to accomplish, focus on what you can truly change and take action. Do not allow the challenges of your ambitions to subdue or paralyze you. Speak your truth and symbolize it proudly. Stand up for the causes you believe in. Keep undertaking the actions necessary to create the positive change you aspire for, even if the journey is formidable, even if your impact is seemingly diminutive. Your voice matters and it deserves to be heard, never stop fighting against the injustices of the world.

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato

Your values and beliefs matter, they are as meaningful as anything can be. Many sit on the sidelines of their own lives, relegated to hiding themselves away from the larger causes of the external world. Perhaps these people have internalized a false sense of their own powerlessness, or perhaps they’ve merely adopted complacency based on the idea that the actions of others are more significant or impactful, so they falsely believe the issue in question will be solved without their involvement. Regardless, it is a mistake to outsource the betterment of the world at large to the construct of the indistinct, unidentifiable masses. You must work to build a better world, because you yourself aspire to live in it. You have a responsibility to make your voice heard, to increase the total amount of positive action being undertaken, lest the voices of the damaged, the malicious, become more omnipresent and realized than those of the proactive and compassionate.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

As one must never forget their own personal empowerment to affect change in the world, so too must the power of even a small collective of likeminded activists be acknowledged. Even the hushed voice of a disempowered minority may create a thunderous, unified chorus in the presence of an aligned congregation. This is why you must make your voice heard, to allow for the formation of a consolidated, creative force more impactful than your voice alone. You undertake this action not only for yourself, but for those who’ve yet to join in, for everyone in the world who needs help or may benefit as a result of your involvement.