A simple question can change the world. Sound preposterous doesn’t it? Yet, I’m convinced its true.Over the last year I’ve taken to asking myself, “is the world a better place for my having done this?” Or, alternately, “do I want to live in a town where people do this?”
A simple example. There are miles of prairie paths and bike trails around our home. These paths inevitably have to cross suburban roads. When I’m tempted not to yield to a walker or runner, I ask: do I want to live in a place where drivers show disregard for legal rights of way?
My answer is: no. I don’t. One day I will be on the path and wanting to cross the street. I’d like people to let me cross as the law allows.
It’s a simple question. There’s nothing remarkable or profound about it. Use it regularly, it can change you and change the world.