I challenge you.

I challenge you to not be ignorant. 
I challenge you to inform yourself.
I challenge you to think of people, not in their masses, but as individuals.

I challenge you to take this thought and apply it to yourself.

I challenge you to think what it might be like to have people in your own community look down on you. I challenge you to think what it might be like to have societies across the world look down on you. I challenge you to think about how many of our people are across the world who may represent us in a negative light.

I challenge you to think what it might be like to have the media report to the world about this minority of your society that represents you in a negative light. I challenge you to think how you may come across to other cultures, even without negative representation. I challenge you to think how you may come across to other people, in general.

I challenge you to change.

Yes, you.

I challenge you to stop saying “can’t” and “won’t”, and start learning and doing. I challenge you to dispel your fears of other cultures, religions or belief systems.

I challenge you to think with your head…and with your heart.

I challenge you to do your little bit.

I challenge you to stop saying you’ll look after your own before others, when this doesn’t show in your actions. I challenge you to sit down with our own homeless, before giving out that no-one in your “country” does anything about it. I challenge you to not leave it up to “someone else” to do it.

I challenge you to talk – and listen –  to someone with depression. I challenge you to work with health professionals to change our health system. I challenge you to think outside the box. I challenge you to start thinking of earth as one land that we can all move across. I challenge you to stop being selfish.

I challenge you to not put politics before people’s lives. I challenge politics to put lives before wealth.

I challenge you to wake up and see what difference you, just you, can do today to change someone’s world.

I challenge you to think small.
I challenge you to think big.

I challenge you to look around and see what your communities and people are doing to help, and not just give one person, party or leader who got the attention of the media, the credit for changing the world. I challenge you to change the world.

One step at a time, one person at a time and one smile at a time.

I challenge you to be kind; compassionate; empathetic – to be knowledgeable, open-minded and aware. I challenge you to teach your children the same.

But most of all I challenge you to stop living in a culture of blame.

I challenge you to ask yourself when you say your government have to look after their own first, what do you do personally to help “your own”? I challenge you to assess your actions – do you look the other way when passing our homeless?

Do you mute the call from the person who suffers with depression because you don’t want to hear them “moaning” again? Do you spend monies on holidays abroad and complain about being broke? Do you gossip about the local family who’ve lost their home or business and do nothing to help them?

I challenge you to change your mind-set about the “they” and start thinking about the “us”. And when we, as a society, start thinking like this, great things will happen.

I challenge you to think what it might be like to live in fear – real fear.

I challenge you to think of you and your family and think how you would feel if the world turned its back on you because they thought you would be a liability, and not an asset, to their society?

I challenge you to ask yourself what would it take to dispel your fears of change?

I challenge you to think about the fear of dying by the hand of someone else, at no fault of your own.

I challenge you to not be ignorant. I challenge you to inform yourself. I challenge you to think of people, not in their masses, but as individuals.

I challenge you to take this thought and apply it to yourself.

I challenge you to challenge me on anything I’ve said that you feel is not valid.

And I challenge you to care.

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