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How to Be a Role Model to the World

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

Be the Change You Want

I hope this poem inspires and encourages people to be the change they want in the world. To treat everyone with love and respect (no matter what their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or political persuasion), to fight against greed and corruption, and always think positive no matter how hard the situation confronting them.

This may seem too simple a strategy to change the world, but if everyone really strives to live their lives this way rather than just giving it "lip service" then we can really turn things around.


How to Be a Role Model to the World

Every day's a new beginning,

Don't dwell upon the past.

Yesterday has been and gone,

Life moves on so fast.

Who knows what tomorrow holds,

But expect the very best.

Even if it turns out bad,

Just see it as a test.


Approach each situation

As a lesson to be learned,

Then put the past behind you

As bridges you have burned.

Treat your neighbors with respect,

Don't judge or put them down.

Greet everybody with a smile,

There's no need for a frown.

Try to see the positives,

And make sure to laugh each day.

Of course some things will make us sad,

But wipe those tears away.

Love your family and your friends,

Help anyone in need.

Donate what you have to spare,

Don't base your life on greed.

No one's perfect all the time,

But we all know right from wrong.

Whenever you are feeling down

Just sing your favorite song.

Pray for health and happiness,

That's all you need in life.

If everybody has those things

It will free the world of strife.


© 2016 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2020:

Thank you Anupam. Feel free to read any of my poems to your students. Thank you for the kind comment.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 14, 2020:

Too inspirational it is! I wish to read it to my students some day!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2020:

Thank you Niks, I am glad you found this touching and inspiring. I do try to make my poetry simple so that readers can easily understand the message within. I much appreciate your kind comment.

Niks from India on June 04, 2020:

Your poem is very inspiring. It is simple yet touching the reader's heart.

The way you have explained how to be a role model to the world through a poem is very impressive. Keep up the good work, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Thank you Kamalesh. Your kind words are appreciated.

Kamalesh Chakraverty from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India on April 30, 2020:

Loved the poem , it's so sweet and inspiring ! Best Wishes.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 05, 2016:

Yes, Lawrence, it really seems quite simple. Maybe that's the problem.

Lawrence Hebb on December 04, 2016:


I've always had the dream or goal of changing the world, helping make it a better place. With the advice in this poem, it really is possible!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 30, 2016:

Thank you for that very encouraging comment, John. I need that at the moment. I hope your flu has run its course. My wife and I neglected to have our flu shots this year, and have both been hit hard in the last week with probably the nastiest flu we have ever suffered. I am so glad you enjoyed this piece and think it worthy to reflect on. Blessings.

Fait-Hope-Love on November 30, 2016:

Have been out of commission after Flu Shot. Got A case of Very Bad Flu Lasting six plus weeks. so I am attempting to catch up. This piece is poignant and well done, John, It is full of good advice and should be used to help enlighten our Young and Old folk. It struck a cord in me and I am keeping it close to use in refreshing my thoughts. Thank you and may our God Keep you in producing Enlightening Pieces like This One. Absolutely Fantastic. Really great piece.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Thank you for your kind comment, ps, and for sharing. It doesn't sound such a hard thing to do does it?

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 19, 2016:

Simple, sweet and to the point...spot on, Jodah.

If we all would just take time to make a difference one person at a time to each other, our world would surely become a kinder, gentler place.

This poem says it all so well....

Sharing sharing sharing..as this time of the year should be a special time to stop and consider...

Angels are once again on the way ps

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2016:

Yes, Shauna. That is the idea. If only people would do it.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 16, 2016:

Love it, John! If we would all simply do unto others as we'd have others do unto us, your dream would be reality.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 14, 2016:

Thanks for reading Rasma. Yes, if we have health and happiness we don't need much more.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 14, 2016:

Really delightful poem. I agree that if you have health and happiness life can be really enjoyable.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 13, 2016:

Yes, I might do that; I have a hundred photos of it so should be able to illustrate it fairly well!

Trouble is, I have a long list of hubs to do and I'm still short on time - I will get round to it though.


John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 13, 2016:

Hi Ann, cheetahs are beautiful animals, aren't they? Glad you enjoyed the Longleaf Safari Park and Festival of Light. Maybe you should write a hub about it. I am happy that you found this poem uplifting too.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 13, 2016:

A great premise to live by, John! This is a truly uplifting poem and a reminder of how we should all be.

Love the cheetahs! We went to Longleaf Safari Park yesterday with some friends and saw a cheetah; such beautiful animals. Despite the rain, we had a great day, ending with a Festival of Light in the grounds of Longleat House.

Thanks for a great read, as always, John.


John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2016:

Hi larry, thanks for reading and commented. Always appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2016:

Thank you Al. Glad you found this poem inspirational.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2016:

Thanks for volunteering, Mike. I can't think of a better role model actually. The carriage driver offers a lot of good direction people could take note of. Oh, that glare :)

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on November 07, 2016:

Good ideas.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on November 07, 2016:

This was a very inspiring poem John. Keep up the excellent work. Be blessed!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on November 07, 2016:

Hello John. OK. shine the spot light over here, I am the new role model for the world. Oh, sorry for the glare. Where did I put my hat.

Interesting philosophy, simple, yet a step in the right direction.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2016:

That is exactly right Dianna. If we concentrate more on getting the simple things correct we will be much happier and the bigger things will fall in place.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2016:

Thank you for reading this Ome Kulsoom. A few have strived to create a Utopia but it has never worked. Maybe it requires a different approach. We need to change people's hearts first. Glad you enjoy my writing.

Dianna Mendez on November 07, 2016:

Your poem put everything in to perspective for me today. It is the simple things in life that make it so grand.

Ome Kulsoom on November 07, 2016:

Your poem calls for the Utopia! I wish it could just happen, it indeed would have turned the world into Heaven!

I enjoyed your writing!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2016:

I am glad you found this uplifting, Jo, and I hope your optimism is rewarded. Tensions are high there at the moment but hopefully after the election (whatever the result) everything will be ok.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on November 07, 2016:

It's early morning here in America, and what an uplifting message to read first thing to start my day. Just before I retired last night, my husband and I were listening to political pundits opining about the bitterness that might linger after the election on Tuesday. But I told my husband I have more faith in the American people than that. We live in one of the most conservative parts of our country, surrounded by Trump supporters and Confederate flags, but I suspect we'll continue to live peacefully with these folks and most Americans will do the same.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Yes, Blossom. That is exactly right. If everyone would do their little bit it would soon make a difference.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on November 06, 2016:

A lovely poem. If each us us in our own small corner tries to help others it will make the world a better place.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Flourish, you are right that we have to concentrate on being role models in our own little corner of the world. Then if everyone does the same it will spread and combine and eventually make a difference. Good work with that youth volunteer, he just needed a different approach and he thrived on the extra responsibility.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 06, 2016:

It's a lofty ambition to be a role model to the world but to be a role models to your little corner of it is doable. Yesterday I was running a volunteer event that served about 200 people, and one of our youth volunteers was being a terrible nuisance, very annoying to others. So rather than taking a negative approach I decided to put sunshine on the problem teen. I gave him a job that was very important and spent some time motivating and coaching him. I gave him a SMART goal. He totally hit it out of the park! I don't think he gets much of that elsewhere in his life.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Thanks for the explanation, Missy. I watched a wonderful show on TV last night comparing Trump and Clinton's histories from childhood to today. It was interesting viewing e.g. Not one of Trump's business ventures have run at a profit. The Taj Mahal casino especially, and Trump Airlines. He was only bailed out by selling his name to the debtors. None of the "Trump" buildings and other ventures baring his name around the world are owned by him or run by him. His name is the only thing that is worth money, so they kept that. If he can't run a business at a profit it is worrying how he will run America.

Hillary Clinton on the other hand was a bright political star in Washington when young but virtually put it all on hold to move to Bill in Arkansas.....everyone was shocked as she had a higher profile than him at the time, but she thought her ambitions would be shackled because she was a woman. Then she was humiliated by his affairs. The Clintons have constantly been targeted buy rumors of corruption however.

I understand how tempers are volatile there from both sides, and why you are frustrated. That is terrible the way your aunt and others have treated you.

Missy Smith from Florida on November 06, 2016:

See, Jodah, right where you say, "you hope it works out for the best, and everyone can begin to think positively and treat each other with love and respect," is where a lot of despair is taking place even with us that have always tried our best to stay hopeful. We look ahead and if Trump wins we see our world becoming like the set of "Apocalypse Now." The despair is that it doesn't seem like a far-fetched happening anymore. He baits his supporters with hateful and ugly things, along with being detestable himself.

And then, Hillary isn't perfect, but most of us know she will be more apted to run our nation, but here's the despair in that...the hate Donald has generated still doesn't make us feel that we are detoured away from a tremendous amount of violence if she does win. That's what we are feeling right now in the good old USA. Everyone is smothered with the anxiety of a hopeless outcome after November 8th. What will we be waking up to when we go outside to start our days?

You know me by now; I don't like to feel hopeless like this. I don't like confrontation with anyone, and I keep thinking about the people who have stepped to me to argue my views; I actually can see through their argument and would like these people as humans, but Donald has put them in such a trance; they can't feel the same about me. For example of how bad it has gotten; my sweet aunt who has never been able to speak for herself, and has always been in the obedient wife role that gives her no voice, as of late, herself, has decided to take me out of her life just because I have stood up for my views on Donald Trump! She did that on Facebook where I didn't even remember her being on my page there, because she hasn't talked to me there in years! Imagine that! When she does decide to talk, it is to disown me. See where I am in a state of voice now? Desperation...you can say that again!!

Anyway, I wanted to explain exactly why it is like it is for a lot of us on here right now. What you read is a constant battle with trying to get our point across to close-minded Trump supporters. Desperation for if we can't get through, then a hateful America is inevitable, and the complete frustration of knowing it's probably too late anyway!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

I am glad you found this inspiring, Ruby. The money wasted on the election campaign and many other things is a travesty and things need to change drastically. Each one of us needs to be that change. Let's put the negativity in the past.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Missy, recently I have noticed a mood of despair here, Facebook, and other places I write. There are probably too many factors contributing to this feeling .. The US election, ISIS, etc etc....(.you have been one person expressing despair, so can accept partial responsibility for me writing this) but even most of my recent writing has been on dark subjects like domestic abuse. My latest story on The Creative Exiles is a gruesome psychological thriller. I understand everyone's frustration, particularly in relation to this election. I hope it works out for the best and everyone can begin to think positively and treat each other with love and respect. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Thank you Martie. It just seems so simple.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Bill, I kind of wrote this to self-motivate myself. Glad it helped you get back on track as well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

I knew you would sign up MsDora, because you already display all the qualities needed to be a role model to the world. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Yes, Eric once we get ourselves on track then everything else will start to fall into place.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 06, 2016:

I read this hoping to be inspired, and I was. There's so much negativity floating around the world and on HubPages. I try to stay positive. Going to church this morning helped. I think when this election is over we all will get back to our daily routine, loving our family and caring about our neighbors around the world. The money spent on this political season, both sides, would feed the hungry. I love your positive poetry.

Missy Smith from Florida on November 06, 2016:

It's very inspirational for sure. And here in America, I think we have all been guilty of letting things get the best of us when it has come to this upcoming election. Maybe I even inspired your need for this hub. It's not inconceivable if you, indeed, read my last hub. Matter-of-fact, I believe several here could have inspired your need to write for peace.

However, this is where I am going to challenge you on judgments. If you know me, you know I strive to be a great role model for my kids, and also for people who read what I write. Hell, I want to be a role model for myself. The questions I've asked myself lately have been; how much do we have to suppress in order to do that? Do we keep shutting out the extreme ignorance of people like Donald Trump, and his supporters who do not listen to reason? Do we continue to try to fight with sound words and fairness when all we hear are degradation for our values and beliefs from these types of people?

Well, I tried, and I'm alright with failing at that, and I can tell you why. Because, even though I have written something that totally displays my disdain for a person who is obviously going to flawlessly fail at running our America, I decided I could not be a correct role model in letting the disgusting facts of this person not be listed. I decided my kids needed to see a fighter not a person who gives up!

I think about MLK, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks; all fighting for peace and human rights. This is what I feel I am fighting for here in America by using my words and voice, and by listing blunt facts about a human who wants to run our free world, by making it unfree and racist. I don't want to go backwards!! I don't want to insult everything the above people worked for in their lifetime by shutting my own mouth to the atrocity we face here.

I don't know if I had anything to do with you writing this, Jodah. I don't know what your reason was. I think you are very conscious of a lot of things going on to write such a nice poem of what should be of common sense to everyone in this world. And it may be my complete unhappiness that I have felt lately of how low I've had to stoop to get points across, let alone if I even did get one across to anyone. Nevertheless, as you mention above; no one is perfect all the time, and we all should know right from wrong. That has been where my struggle lies today with what we as Americans are faced with right now. Would it be right not to voice my concerns for my country, or would it be wrong? I only have the answer my heart and soul tell me. Peace and Love. ~Missy

Martie Coetser from South Africa on November 06, 2016:

Excellent and worthy advice! Thank you, Jodah :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 06, 2016:

Beautiful message, my friend, and I needed it. I've been a bit grumpy of late, and I need to get my act together pronto. :)

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 06, 2016:

Simple and simply true! This is absolutely doable is we nurture the basic qualities you mention like positiveness, respect, kindness and love. I'm signing up.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 06, 2016:


I really like this as it focuses on the one thing I can truly do myself, and that is changing myself into one piece of a better world.

manatita44 from london on November 06, 2016:

A n inspirational and positive poem. Great stuff Jodah. Have a great Sunday!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Yes, Clive....so do I...why can't we?

Clive Williams from Jamaica on November 06, 2016:

I like and respect those words Jodah. If only we could build a world filled with pure love.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Thank you, threekeys. Accepting the moniker of "role model" may be difficult for many but as long as everyone does their best to make the world a better place it will have an effect. Thanks for joining me.

threekeys on November 06, 2016:

Breezy poem with an inspiring message!

I dont know about being a role model as that is a huge cross to bear. BUT do what I can where I can to add (hopefully) rather than detract....I'm there with you Jodah!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Chris, we always look for the difficult answers, when the easy ones are right there looking us in the face. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

Hi Paula. It sounds like a big responsibility, but if everyone had the same goal and did their best to realise that outcome, it would not be difficult. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 06, 2016:

Back to the basics of living. I like this John. Simpler relationships, simpler prayers. Thanks for the good words this morning.

Suzie from Carson City on November 06, 2016:

Jodah....I don't know how many people are brave enough to carry the weight ( heavy responsibility) of being a "role model to the world,"...but as long as you put it this way, I guess we should all be able to handle it!

Beautiful words of encouragement. (The leopards are an exquisite cat!)

Thank you for sharing these inspiring words.. Peace, Paula

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2016:

thank you for being the first to read this poem, Sakina. Glad you loved it. :)

Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on November 06, 2016:

Awesome! ☺ Loved reading it!

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