20 Feb 2013

How to be a Global Citizen

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you are the change you want to see in the worldIf you know me, you know that I love a good party.  I am passionate about celebrating, and that is probably one of the many reasons that I love to volunteer with Global Citizen Kelowna.

Global Citizen Kelowna celebrates what it means to be a Global Citizen.  GCK, provides a forum for all of the “little people” that are doing their “little” things around the world with one single purpose.  To make things better.  GCK week primarily celebrates diversity.  Being proud of where you are from is important.  GCK week showcases the richness that we have in our Canadian Culture.  It is also an opportunity to celebrate and bring together all of the people in our community that work towards making life better for people in developing countries.  The challenges are complex, and yet we have among us people who work tirelessly to make a difference.

I have discovered that being a Global Citizen is not hard, or heavy, or life consuming.  I have learned that I can make a difference right in my own community, and I believe that little drops of goodness can overwhelm.  I work on that, and I work to instill that in my children.

Here are some easy ways you can be more of a Global Citizen too!

1) Know the UN Millennium Goals. Regardless of what actions you are taking, you can know these goals and find ways to move them forward in your own part of the world.  Imagine if more of us knew these goals and talked about them with more ease?  What could be possible for us all then?

2) Find one way to be of service. Consider the Millennium Development goals, and find one small way that you can be of service. Being “of service” is a critical component to happiness. If you feel stuck and unfulfilled it may be because you are not growing. We need to grow in order to be happy. When we utilize our natural gifts, talents and skills, we give way to growing. It does not matter if your act is small. It does not matter that your act has seemingly no impact. What does matter is that you develop the mind set of a Global Citizen and be of service to something on this planet that is not singularly about you.

3) Ask yourself this: “do my actions make me a better Global Citizen, bit by bit each day?” Whether its parenting, stopping to pick up garbage on the street, or joining an organization or group. Do you take an action each day or even each week that helps you to be informed, interested and moving in a forward motion?

“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
~ Mother Teresa

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