Change Myself, Change the World

From the time I took journalism classes in high school until just a few years ago, if anyone had asked me why I write I would have answered, “Because I want to change the world, even just one small piece of it.” For a young woman in the 70s, that idealistic answer was appropriate, but these decades later it sounds trite to me.



To change the world is a lofty goal, but to change the world from what to what? And who I am to decide what is a better direction or theory or goal? I have my own shortcomings, lack of life experiences, illogical thought patterns and sometimes egocentric views — how can I possibly set myself up as judge and jury for anyone else?

Then it came to me — it is myself that I can change and truly only myself. I read, I listen, I interact to gain wider perspectives about a multitude of things, but mainly about people and cultures. In my writing I try to impart inclusion rather than exclusion when it is appropriate to the topic.

Changing myself is a lifetime journey, one that is never completed because there is always something new to learn, some new way of looking at the facts and gleaning a new idea or understanding. Life is a wonderment, from the smallest detail to the grandest ideas.

I am only one speck of the humanity in the entire world, but as I change myself, I believe I do change the world in the most meaningful way that I am able.






  1. Kyla Matton Osborne

    I have also been inspired to write because I wanted to create a positive change in the world. But you are so right, Deb: often it’s simpler to make a change in ourselves. We make so many little decisions all day, every day. And one of those choices could be the one to make a real difference for good in the world. I guess that although we write to help others discover these things, we do still need to follow the wisdom of Gandhi and be the change we want to create.

  2. Vinaya

    Yes, the change starts withing. If you change, you will see the world changed,or it will be easier for you to change the world.

  3. Michelle McIntosh

    I agree with you. I can’t remember who said it but, be the change you want to see in the world. Ok I messed that paraphrase up terribly! As we change and grow those who are around us will too, kind of like a ripple effect.

  4. Ruth Cox

    My friend, @patzanthony reminded me yesterday that we are a work in progress… so we are and so is our world. Yes, we will change the world as we ourselves change.

  5. Vickie Ewell

    Changing our perspective and looking at what’s going on from a different viewpoint can really make a difference. I’m trying really hard to get rid of all of the “should’s.”

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