Boldly existing outside the box through conscious living and constant learning.
I’m sure you have read or heard the quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi that goes something like, “be the change you wish to see in the world.” Great thought, great idea, very Gandhi. Or is it? If you do a little research you will uncover that this bumper-sticker-wisdom is actually taken from a longer, much more poignant and philosophical idea. The actual quote is:
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him… We need not wait to see what others do.
What makes the real quote more powerful is the idea that altering ourselves is not the catalyst for social change, but change comes from how others view you as a person. This is where the “be the change” portion comes in. Through molding your own life and first transforming your own mind you can lead by example and show others the Unboxed Way. The second part of this idea stresses the connectedness of human beings and points out that our individual actions paired with the individual actions of others can affect change in systems and society. So there is a convergence of individual transformation and societal revolution that begin with the conviction to change you. That is what Gandhi is all about. That is what Unboxed Life is all about.
For our purposes there are two concepts to think about. First we must not wait for others to show the way to change but initiate it in ourselves first, and second that because of our connection to the rest of humanity that our choices can spark transformation on a large scale. So, you ask, how can I most affectively initiate this social change and share the Unboxed Life with others? How do we seek out and find the small army we need to go forth and make the world a better place?
The Hard Sell vs. Leading by Example
If you have ever tried to sell something to someone you know how hard it is to convince them they need it. Selling Unboxed Thinking and Living is no different. Listing off reasons why your product or idea is useful, needed, or better than others does not always bear the reaction we are looking for. When it comes to Unboxed Living the best way to share your ideas and enthusiasm with others is to simply live it. You will not always see how your steadfast adherence to your way of life will affect others, but it will.
Why is living it the best way to share your ideas?
I have a love – hate relationship with Facebook. Sometimes I just don’t understand the need to update the world on each and every random thought that runs through our heads. On the other hand I love its power to connect people and its ability to broaden our minds through learning about things and people we could never have access to without it. The sharing of ideas and the proliferation of positivity are things that Facebook is great for and something I see value in.
I posted a story the other day about a family who decided that they wanted to take their five children, quit their jobs, and adopt a life on the road traveling the world and experiencing other cultures with their family. I shared my enthusiasm for this idea and how it affected me on my wall. A few weeks later my wife and I were having breakfast with some friends. One of them told me that because of what I posted and what I had to say, she and her boyfriend had decided to pick up and try out living in a new country every year for the next few years! The simple action of sharing a story that speaks to me changed someone else’s life. Powerful.
Conversation as a Supplementary Tool
Through your actions and the conscious choices you have made in your life you have made an impression on someone. That person approaches you about what has brought on this radical change in lifestyle and attitude. Here is your chance to use your words to share your passion and ideas. There are some tips that can help you make the most of this opportunity to help someone else find their Unboxed Life.
I’m sure you have already had an experience with someone not-so-subtlety letting you know that they disapprove of your thought process or life choices. I know I have. I lost count of how many people have told me this project is worthless, stupid, unneeded, and one person even called me a hippie! Well if wanting to live life without limits and seek to understand the world without preconception makes me a hippie than pass me some granola and a hacky sack.
When it comes to sharing our ideas with others the best and most beneficial method will always be to lead by example and let your passions show in your actions. Let others see in you all that you have learned and all that drives you forward out of your box. What action will you take today to inspire others to break free from their boxes? Ever had a bad experience with sharing your Unboxed Ideas? Find solace in others who have experienced the same and leave a comment. We are all in this journey together, might as well let me carry your pack for a while.
Gandhi Drawing: davesarts
Earth Photo: BackgroundNow
Conversation Photo: Here