Be The Change You Want To See

Mahatma Gandhi once said - "Be the change you want to see in the world."  I've thought about that often.   I spend a lot of time talking and writing about things that concern me in life, things I'm not happy about, things I wish were different, but when you look at life from the perspective of this quote it totally changes the focus... it's not about "them", it's about ME, me doing my part to help create the world I envision.  It isn't going to happen on it's own...

I'd like to see a world where kindness and compassion were the rules of the day, where people went out of their way to help each other without expecting anything in return. 

I'd like to see a world where we all respected each other, not just tolerating others who are different from us, but celebrating what makes them unique and special.

I'd like to see a world where children were treated as sacred responsibilities and were raised with love and care, a world where parenting was a priority, and no child was ever neglected or abused.

I'd like to see a world where children were taught to respect their parents and others in authority, where adults treated other adults with respect, and where elders were considered a valued part of society and treated as such.

I'd like to see a world where extended families once again took on meaning, where the contributions of aunties, uncles, and grandparents, as well as friends and neighbors and others in the community were considered essential to the formation of a healthy, stable child.

I'd like to see a world where adults didn't spend long hours in jobs just to provide basics, and to come home exhausted, but where they also had time and energy left to enjoy life and spending time with families and friends. 

I'd like to see a world where people were far less concerned with acquiring possessions and far more concerned building character and sharing what they have.

I'd like to see a world where people would wake up in the morning truly celebrating the arrival of another day, welcoming it instead of dreading it.

I'd like to see people developing their creativity, finding ways to contribute beauty and joy to our world. I'd like everyone to feel safe in self-expression, to be unafraid of failure when attempting to realize our dreams.

I'd like to see people value life as an opportunity to serve, to care for others, rather than to "have it all" for themselves.

I'd like to see us taking better care of what we have, and using things cautiously and sparingly, not seeing everything, including relationships, as disposable and easily replaceable.

I'd like to see a world where at least once each day we all stopped what we were doing, and took time to listen to the small voice within. 

I'd like to see a world where we all knew the power of prayer and made it a working part of our lives.

I'd like to see a world where no one went hungry, cold, sick, or lonely, with no one who cared.

I'd like to see a world where people believed in themselves and their ability to effect change in their own lives, and thus one-by-one affect change in the world.

I'd like to see a world where, at the end of the the day, we all took time to say THANK YOU for all that we have, and all that we share.

Does it sound impossible... far too idealistic?  It's not!  There is not one thing on this list that couldn't happen if we we were all willing to implement those attitudes and actions in our lives, to set them as our goals,  to use them as our measure of success. 

Start simple... choose any one thing from this list... or better yet from a list of your own... and BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE!  Remind yourself of it every morning, and take inventory of your day every night.  Conscious actions become habits, choices become changes. 

I want to live in a better world, will you join me?

Note: The Sunday Scribblings writing prompt for this week was "wise".  Mahtama Gandhi was incredibly wise, there is much we can all learn from his teachings. 


  1. Well, as I write this I am wearing a T-shirt that has this quote on it.
    Gandhi has long been a role model/hero of mine. I absolutely believe in his teachings, along with other similar spiritual mentors. It really is this simple. We make things so difficult for ourselves and each other, yet it doesn't have to be. Peace begins with each of us, but is meant for all of us.

    1. Amen, Annie, I couldn't have said it better! And it doesn't surprise me one bit that we are thinking on the same lines today! :-)

  2. Beautiful have no idea, AGAIN, how what you wrote has so aligned with what is going on right now and how God is moving in my life, but I plan to share it VERY soon. I am going to print this out and plaster it where I will see it every day of the journey I am currently on.

    I haven't forgotten about exchanging email addresses...I have been meaning to put a gadget on my blog to share my email but I have had my hands full managing the give-away challenge!! It's been AWESOME though. but my email is I see yours so I am going to email you my snail mail address. Can't wait to get a Josie note!!!:) Send me your address too.

    I am going to SO count THIS post as a post that relates to my yesterday's question.

    1. That's one of the things I love about blogging, Carrie... how often we share things that speak to someone else. On my lowest days I will inevitably bump into a post someone has written with just the message I need to get back on track. Not only is blogging good therapy... it's great community!

  3. Yes. Yes. YEEESSSS. Couldn't agree with you more. If only more people thought as you do, Josie. What a wonderful world we'd have. Love your outlook and sensibility xxxx

    1. Thank You Selma! I guess I am an idealist, because to me it seems so natural. Sometimes we try to make things to complicated, that way we never really have to address them... it's too hard... it's impossible. Caring and kindness ARE possible, peace IS possible!

  4. It used to be better than it is now. I know: everyone hears that, but it's true.

    1. Sadly, I would have to agree with you Kay, at least on most levels. Certainly people were raised with different values, and parenting was more hands-on. It seems as though many people are more "me" oriented now. I'd like to say bigotry and hatred have decreased as our world has become smaller and more accessible via the Internet, but with some of the things I see people say and do I'm not so sure. They SHOULD know better!

  5. It's hard to choose..but absolutely agree with the idea that tiny changes we achieve ourselves can make a difference..jae

    1. You're right Jae Rose, it may seem that we are insignificant and our actions don't matter, but the ripple effect is alive and well... whether we add something negative or positive to the world. Think how far a simple smile goes if we share it and the next person has a better day because of it and decides to pass it on! We all have to lose that mentality that it's everyone else who needs to change... we need to change first, set an example, show the way! :-)

  6. We may think that what little we can do could not effect change but a few million thinking the same way will sure maintain the status quo. We must always remember that we are needed to at least maintain the balance between those that steal from the world with no care for destroying it and all us small voices that try do something to preserve it for generations to come.


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