Be the Solution, Not the Problem

In the past two weeks, I’ve been busy hosting The Life Course in Liverpool with a 20+ person group of young adults. The experience was truly awesome. But first, let me share with you something truly amazing that happened on the final evening.

A truly amazing gesture

It was my birthday last Thursday. I’m not a birthday person and have hardly celebrated it. But at the end of The Life Course series this past Sunday, my young adults surprised me — they remembered my birthday and blessed me with lots of prayers and kind words.

I was moved by what was truly an amazing gesture. To be prayed for by my group was an experience I will never forget. To hear and read their testimony of how they’ve been impacted since we started the group was genuinely humbling too.

When evil seem to prevail

Recent events in Manchester and London once again highlighted the challenges of the world we live in. In the last two consecutive weeks, I brought together 20+ young adults together to ponder, reflect and debate the intricacies of living in today’s world and the real life issues people are dealing with.

When families wake up to news that their loved ones will never come home, such pain is difficult to comprehend.

People are dealing with diverse issues on a daily basis. And behind the smiles and beneath the posh image; everyday, in our cities, towns and countryside, men, women and children are impacted by people, decisions and events seemingly beyond their control.

Life is tough and unfortunately, we live in one in which evil continues to persist.

“The only thing required for evil to persist is for good men to do NOTHING” —  Sir Edmund Burke

Be the solution, not the problem

But what if you could make a difference? What if you could, in your own corner, choose to be a force for good, not evil? What if you could change your world?

Reflect on your life and consider how you can add value to others where you are.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” —  Robert Kennedy

You may not change the national or global stage, but you can make a difference in ‘your world’. Be a positive influence: be the solution, not the problem.

About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

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