Change starts with me…

“No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.”  (Carrie Snow) – A quote I saw on the Jack’s Winning Words blog.

I liked this little quote when I saw it on Jack’s blog. I had no idea who Carry Snow is, so I Googled her and she is a very funny comedian. Click here to see a You Tube video of one of her routines.

As I get older the thought of a nap during the day becomes more appealing, even if it isn’t a bad day. I think you could stop Carrie’s little saying right after the word fixed and still have a good thought for Gandhithe day, because I also ran across another  short saying from one of the original cool dudes of my time (before the Dalai Lama), Mahatma Gandhi –  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

How true is that? It is so easy to sit back and lament the things that we see which need changing, most of the time because we have this feeling that we can’t affect them ourselves. Many times those involve big things that require widespread change to have an impact; but, consider that widespread change most often happens one person at a time and you have the opportunity to be the next person to change. If you abhor the poverty and misery that you see in the world you have the next opportunity to give or to volunteer. If you hate the bullying that you see going on around you; maybe you have the next opportunity to intercede or to offer your help and friendship to those being bullied.

If you are appalled by things around you, change them by taking action and not by just being depressed about it. Reach out, help out, be an agent of change. It is much more satisfying at the end of the day to have helped make one little change in things than to spend another night in front of the TV lamenting all of the misery and wrong that you see reported. In fact, if you’re really into helping make the needed change you won’t be watching the news, you’ll be on the news.

Whatever the things are that you see and feel need to be changed to make the world a better place; that change begins with you. So, go ahead and take your nap, if that makes you feel better; but when you wake up, jump back into the world with the attitude that if things are going to change, that change begins with you. I suspect that, when you adopt that attitude, you’ll have a different and much better day for the rest of today and beyond.

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