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  • Deanna Kohlhofer

Change the World


Have you ever had a really great idea? An idea so grand you thought it could possibly change the world? I have. And usually, I talk myself out of acting on said great ideas. Usually, the idea is so massive I would not even know where to begin. Often the great ideas in my head are just pipe dreams that are never cultivated into reality.


Until today.


Over the summer, I had an idea. I felt led to build up my online presence again. Having been a previous blogger, I knew the work it would entail, and I quickly stuffed that thought as deep inside as possible. Truth is, I didn’t want to do the hard work. I am faithful in posting to Instagram and Facebook and honestly, I felt like that was good enough for the whole social presence thing. I was certain this little voice raging inside me was simply wrong to imply I needed to take any further steps. Although at the time I wasn’t ready to go down that road again, I never lost the thought. In fact, the little nudge became more annoying until I couldn’t ignore it any longer.


I started thinking and dreaming; praying and planning and the result is the website you read today. I love to serve others with the craft of writing and editing and it has been a joy to open my schedule to those outside my circle. If you know me at all, you know that place outside my circle is, well, intimidating to me. I tremor with extreme nervousness at the mere thought of meeting new people, going to new places, and trying new things, so I am ever grateful to God for opening my heart to this adventure and allowing me to soar.


As part of the process, I have been able to recognize the impact social media has on the world. When you put words “out there” you do so with some element of risk. I don’t post anything too controversial. I stay away from the hot topics and usually post about food, coffee, fitness, and Mr. Rawlings, my terribly rotten dog. It isn’t very exciting, and yet I have a lot of people who stop me regularly to tell me something they were reminded of when they read my post, an emotion that was triggered, or how they were motivated by something I shared. It still boggles my mind because I am pretty much a nobody who happily keeps to herself, but I believe God intentionally opened my eyes to these things in preparation for this site and this series.


Enter Change the World


I would be lying if I told you I never had thoughts of changing the world. You would be lying if you told me the same. We all think about how much better the world would be if we just did that one little thing… Well, I think it is time to take some action.


I have compiled some thoughts on how we could do some little things here and there in our everyday lives which, when combined with the forces of others doing the same little things, would have a great impact. Your words and my words; your kindness and my kindness; your generosity and my generosity – none of it will make a big impact on its own. But combined? Can you even imagine?


You see, there is truth to the ripple effect. When someone experiences joy or feels hope or is energized by an interaction with me, they are changed, if even in a miniscule way. Those experiences then alter the course of their next steps. It is more difficult to be rude when someone has just shown kindness. We tend to encourage when we have been encouraged. When others are generous, we follow their lead. It is the ripple effect and it is magical in a way.


In order to tap into the magic, I commit to sharing some thoughts and ideas for you and me to throw the first pebble into the water. The next step is yours and I couldn’t be more excited to see the ripples on the water of the world in which we live. Are you ready to change the world?


In it together,


D


Next Steps: Be sure to follow my blog, facebook, and Insta so you don’t miss my adventures with Mr. Rawlings or your challenges to change the world.

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