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Re: Top Ten Things to Think About If You Want to Change the World

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  • ahou1016
    Truth, powerful Truth! Very happy to read it in the beginning of a new day! Thanks!--- In achangewilldoyougood@y..., beerformyhorses ... accomplished ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 30, 2002
      Truth, powerful Truth! Very happy to read it in the beginning of a
      new day! Thanks!--- In achangewilldoyougood@y..., "beerformyhorses"
      <beerformyhorses@y...> wrote:
      > --- In achangewilldoyougood@y..., Loretta <enquizical@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Top Ten Things to Think About If You Want to Change the World
      > >
      > > Mahatma Gandhi believed that we must be the change we want to see
      > in the world. This was well demonstrated when he helped India gain
      > its independence. Gandhi was a revolutionary man, but he
      accomplished
      > India's emergence as a nation without starting a revolution. In
      fact,
      > he advocated no violence. One of the most powerful countries in the
      > world yielded to the commitment of one man and the dream of
      millions.
      > >
      > > What change can we effect? What's the difference we want to make
      in
      > the world?
      > >
      > > Gandhi said, "In a gentle way you can shake the world." Here are
      > some things to think about how to do just that.
      > >
      > > 1. Know that all significant change throughout history has
      occurred
      > not because of nations, armies, governments—and certainly not
      > committees. They happened as a result of the courage and commitment
      > of individuals. People like Joan of Ark, Albert Einstein, Clara
      > Barton, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and Rosa Parks. They might
      not
      > have done it alone, but they were, without question, the change
      > makers.
      > >
      > > 2. Believe that you have a unique purpose and potential in the
      > world. It's not so much something to create as to be discovered.
      And
      > it's up to you to discover it. Believe that you can and will make a
      > difference.
      > >
      > > 3. Recognize that everything you do, every step you take, every
      > sentence you write, every word you speak—or DON'T speak—counts.
      > Nothing is trivial. The world may be big, but there are no small
      > things. Everything matters.
      > >
      > > 4. To be the change you want to see in the world, you don't have
      to
      > be loud. You don't have to be eloquent. You don't have to be
      elected.
      > You don't even have to be particularly smart or well educated. You
      > do, however, have to be committed.
      > >
      > > 5. Take personal responsibility. Never think that "it's not my
      > job". It's a cop-out to say, "What can I do, I'm only one person."
      > You don't need everyone's cooperation or anyone's permission to
      make
      > changes. Remember this little gem, "If it's to be, it's up to me."
      > >
      > > 6. Don't get caught up in the how of things. If you're clear on
      > what you want to change and why you want to change it, the how will
      > come. Many significant things have been left undone because someone
      > let the problem solving interfere with the decision-making.
      > >
      > > 7. Don't wait for things to be right in order to begin. Change is
      > messy. Things will never be just right. Follow Teddy Roosevelt's
      > timeless advice, "Do what you can, with what you have, where you
      are."
      > >
      > > 8. The genesis for change is awareness. We cannot change what we
      > don't acknowledge. Most of the time, we aren't aware of what's
      wrong
      > or what's not working. We don't see what could be. By becoming more
      > aware, we begin the process of change.
      > >
      > > 9. Take to heart these words from Albert Einstein—arguably one of
      > the smartest change masters who ever lived: "All meaningful and
      > lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its
      > way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge."
      > >
      > > 10. In order for things to change, YOU have to change. We can't
      > change others; we can only change ourselves. However, when WE
      change,
      > it changes everything. And in doing so, we truly can be the change
      we
      > want to see in the world.
      > >
      > > Inscribed on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abby
      > (1100 A.D.)
      > >
      > > "When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I
      > dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I
      > discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights
      > somewhat and decided to change only my country.
      > >
      > > But it, too, seemed immovable.
      > >
      > > As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt,
      I
      > settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas,
      > they would have none of it.
      > >
      > > And now, as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had
      only
      > changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my
      family.
      > >
      > > From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been
      > able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed
      the
      > world."
      > >
      > > Since this list was inspired by Gandhi's belief, it seems
      > appropriate to end with another of his quotes:
      > >
      > > "Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some
      > service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service
      > deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger
      and
      > we will make not only our own happiness, but that of the world at
      > large."
      > >
      > >
      > > One Step Further
      > >
      > > Do more than exist: live.
      > >
      > > Do more than touch: feel.
      > >
      > > Do more than look: observe.
      > >
      > > Do more than read: absorb.
      > >
      > > Do more than hear: listen.
      > >
      > > Do more than listen: understand.
      > >
      > > Do more than think: reflect.
      > >
      > > Do more than just talk: say something.
      > >
      > > —John H. Rhoades
      > >
      > >
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      > This one is so good, I brought it back up from the archives.
      > Peace!
      > Jennifer
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