Be The ChangePosted: December 17, 2012
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
~ (Mis)Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi*
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.
~ Mahatma Gandhi (what he really said)*
I had a lovely weekend filled with warmth, love, and lots of laughter. I knew something had happened on Friday, and knew it was a shooting, but did not learn the details until yesterday. We turned off the news and limited our computer time to just a quick email check (because that’s how some family and friends keep in touch) so we could concentrate on enjoying our time with family. We don’t often get the luxury of shutting out the world. I’m grateful that we had this one weekend to do so.
I recently bought a blank journal with the words Be The Change stamped into the leather of the front cover. I had nothing in mind when I purchased it. Picking it up this morning, I decided to use it to help me create the change I want to see and be. The details are sketchy and in the planning stages, but I do have an idea of where I want to go with it.
Recent events, including the holiday weekend with my family, have me rethinking my word or theme for the upcoming new year. Love is the word. Everything else seems to spring from that. Change made from a place of love, in my experience, sticks better than change made from fear, loathing, or a sense of obligation.
Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.
~ Etty Hillesum
That’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you so much for your visit on this gray, but warm, day in the Bogs. Rumor has it we might get some snow later in the week. Won’t that be a treat?
Be good, be kind, be loving, just Be.
*An article in the New York Times last year, Falser Words Were Never Spoken, claims that Gandhi’s words were tweaked to a bumper sticker phrase.