Inspirational Quotes about Helping to Make the World a Better Place

I remember at the beginning of my business career, praying to God to allow me to become a great business leader. That way, I too could create a great number of jobs and lead a great number of people. At the age of 30, I had completed my college degree, had gotten my MBA, and had worked in the family business for a few years. I had completed the plan the world, my family and I set up for me. I had done everything right. Yet I still felt that I was not in or heading to a satisfying place. How could I be doing everything right if I was not comfortable or at peace with where I was? It just did not make any sense! How could I not be in the “right” or “good” place if I was taking the “right” path?

Soon after my 30th birthday, I started to become very concerned with my progress. Although I had everything that a 30 year old could possibly want, I was still dissatisfied, and my idea of greatness, of making a difference, was not materializing. I was upset at my lack of progress. Internally, I blamed my uncle for not making “it” happen for me. I began to wonder if anything that I was doing was making a difference.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 100

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My friend, you touch the world on a much deeper level than you currently perceive. Do not concern yourself with the number of people you believe you need to lead or serve at one time to make a difference. For knowingly or not, you change the world with every interaction you have with a fellow brother or sister. Lead by example, it is truly that simple. Offer love and you will find your world more loving. Serve the person in front of you and you will find the world a more caring and hopeful place. Smile and laugh with the person you interact with and you will experience a happier and more peaceful world. Do whatever brings you joy, and the same world that you once cried in, you will now smile and dance in.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 102-103

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“We all have so many possible occasions for loving and yet there is so little demonstrated love in the world. People are dying alone, crying alone. Children are being abused and elderly people are spending their final days without tenderness and love. In a world where there is such an obvious need for demonstrated love, it is well to realize the enormous power we do have to help and heal people in our lives with nothing more complicated than an outstretched hand or a warm hug. Day’s end is a good time to reflect on what you have done to make the world a better, more caring and loving place. If nothing springs to mind night after night, this can also be an excellent time to consider how you can change the world for the better. You need not perform monumental acts, but act on the simple things which are easily accomplished: the phone call you have not made, the note you have put off writing, the kindness you have failed to acknowledge. When it comes to giving love, the opportunities are unlimited and we are all gifted.” (10)

– Leo Buscaglia, Born for Love: Reflections on Loving

Cited in You Have Chosen to Remember, p. 103

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A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again, he kept hurling things out into the ocean.

As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.

Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said “Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing.”

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of oxygen.”

“I understand,” my friend replied, “but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don’t you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast. Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”

The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!” (11)

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Cited in You Have Chosen to Remember, p. 104

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There exists a mass thought form, a mass illusion that the future will be worse than the present. Many spiritual people even share in this view and see the future as grim. This is, in part, the reason why change is difficult for most people. Because of this, many people sometimes feel safer and more comfortable with the way things are. Those who participate in this thought form usually prefer to leave things as they are and to hang on to the old ways. People who are not open to change constrict their boundaries, and their world becomes more and more narrow and limited. They nitpick and focus on petty things. We have all met people who make mountains out of molehills. These people’s concerns seem so minor that you almost stop taking them seriously. They behave this way because they have stopped taking chances, stopped expanding their lives and stopped growing. If someone has a very narrow view of the world, their ideas that support this view will be more furiously defended because it is all they believe they have. As they begin to expand their lives, so too will their ideas expand, and what once affected them will affect them less.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 244

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There are mass thought forms that set up certain limits, boundaries, rules and regulations that the ego says you must follow. Respect what people see as real, but if it does not fit with what your heart and soul wish to bring forth, experience and express, then follow your heart. Be sure to ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing. The question of why you choose to participate in an activity is actually more important to answer and understand than the question of what activity you want to participate in. Ask your soul if what you are currently engaging in is something that you are doing for yourself and your highest good, because it brings you peace of mind and joy, or if it is something that you are doing because your family expects you to fulfill their dreams. Are you doing this to please them, to live up to an image of your peers, or to receive recognition from society?

Imagine, just for a moment, that you had no images to fulfill, no pressure from your family, friends, peers or society; what would you do with your life? What would bring you peace of mind and joy? How could you best serve this world? My brother and sister, the only limits that exist in this world are those we choose to see and allow to be real within our minds.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 246

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Footnotes / Acknowledgments

Every effort has been made to provide accurate source attribution. Should any attribution be found to be incorrect, the author welcomes written documentation supporting correction for subsequent printings. For material not in the public domain, selection was made according to generally accepted fair-use standards and practices. 

(10). Leo Buscaglia, Born for Love: Reflections on Loving, Copyright 1992 (Random House). 

(11). Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Copyright 1993 (Health Communications).

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