The World as it Should Be

“His voice climbed in intensity as he got to the end of his pitch. He wasn’t a preacher, but he was definitely preaching something—a vision. He was making a bid for our investment. The choice, as he saw it, was this: You give up or you work for change. “What’s better for us?” Barack called to the people gathered in the room. “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” It was a phrase borrowed from a book he’d read when he first started out as an organizer, and it would stay with me for years. It was as close as I’d come to understanding what motivated Barack. The world as it should be.”¹

I read this passage from Michelle Obama’s new book Becoming. This is what motivates me. Those who go on to do great things I believe have this “world as it should be” mentality. I’m talking about what motivates us to action. Not what motivates us to post something on Facebook. There may be all kinds of “evil” forces in this world. We see them on the news all the time. But the way we start to see change is by becoming the change. It’s not just a cute little phrase to attach to your desk or social media wall. It’s what gives us the opportunity to grow, to be more.

I believe that if something is really calling you, really nagging at you, then it’s been put in your heart for a reason. And that reason is not to bitch, moan, gripe, complain, or throw a fit. That reason is to actually be a part of the wheel of change. Instead of talking about that president you hate, love your enemies. Win the battle by fighting it daily in the actions your take. Make what matters matter to other people through what you do and not through what you say. You are here living and breathing in this moment for a reason.   Be the breath of change.

Sarah Jackson

Vigilant Poster Girl

Read Becoming by Michelle Obama here.


  1. Obama, Michelle. Becoming (p. 118). Crown. Kindle Edition.

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