“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi

This has always been one of my favorite quotes. How often do we find ourselves lamenting a certain situation, event or person. I used to be as guilty as anyone of complaining the news was always negative, or people just seemed not to be as friendly as they used to be. Although i truly believe these observations to be accurate, what purpose did they serve? Sometimes events can seem to big for any of us to control. After all, what chance do I have of changing the way the nation broadcasts the news? Can I hope to make everyone treat each other with kindness? Of course the answer to both of those is no, but that forced me to revisit this quote. Sometimes the best way to begin changing the world, is by changing our own world. Now when I meet someone I try to share the positive news I have. If nothing uplifting has happened that day I may make mention of something I am grateful for. I also have made it a point to be friendly and even smile at complete strangers. To be honest it irritates a few and confuses a great many, but 90% of the time I am greeted with a smile in return. The point of all this? The strangest thing has happened since I’ve started doing this, people now make it a point to share their good news with me, and I have made quite a few new friends through my innocent smiles. So by attempting to be the change I wished to see in the world, my world has slowly changed. So I challenge you all, next time you are upset about something try to figure out what you could do to bring the opposite into being.

3 thoughts on ““Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi

  1. I have always been the person to smile at strangers, but now I’m going to add positive news too. If anything, on bad days, I’ll just have to do a bit of soul searching. πŸ™‚

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  2. One thing I love about Georgia that is very different from Wisconsin is that people here are just down right f’in friendly! Everyone smiles & says hi & asked how you are, everywhere you go. There is a positive, happy energy in the air…I think it is all the sunshine! It sure makes me feel good every single morning as it shines on my face when I’m driving to work πŸ™‚ Yes, driving to work, I feel good & happy on my way to work! lol

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