While riding a bus in London I came across an awe-inspiring sign which was directed at the passengers and it went something like “give up your seat for those who need it the most, though doing so might appear bold but it is better than being told.”
As motivating as the message above is, there is nothing wrong in being told to do the right thing. Sometimes all you need is a little push in the right direction and I remember getting one myself, for which I’m grateful.
I plead guilty to once throwing down a wrapper and was then told that it’s not the best thing to do. Yes, it was embarrassing indeed. Though now that I reflect back on that experience, I am glad that someone had the courage to nudge me back on track. Thanks to that someone, since then I make a conscious effort to not litter and have been trying to encourage others to do the same.
Initially, it seems like you’re pestering them and it may even offend them, but if offending them is what changes them then that’s what you need to do; when a push comes to shove, you have got to shove. Perhaps people may not adhere right away, nevertheless, that should not stop you from pointing out and bringing an end to practices that are detrimental to your city. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so changing and building behaviours can take time, but it is not impossible.
You can bring about the change that your city deserves by giving the devil his due, but at the same time remembering to do your little part; individual effort leads to collective welfare. Your city is nothing but your mirror staring back at you. So of this be sure, the city does not create you, but you create the city.