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gahndiBe the change you wish to see in the world” is a great sentiment spoken by a man considered very wise by many, Gandhi.

When we hear these simple yet profound words, it is easy to discount them. We say, “I can’t change the world. I’m not important enough. I’m not good, smart, charismatic… enough”. Therein we demonstrate the one place that changing the world must start. As another not quite as wise man put it “I’m starting with the man in the mirror” (sung by Michael Jackson / written by Glen Ballard). We are all able to change the world, it does not matter how important or special we think we are. We start by acknowledging that no matter who we are or what we have experienced each of us is special, unique and has something within to share with the rest of the world. The first step to “Be the Change” is recognizing the worth and value that are within and “changing” how we perceive ourselves. We must accept and acknowledge that our value has less to do with how we look and what we have and more to do with WHO we are, our character. Once we have this realization about ourselves it changes our perspective of others that we encounter.

That brings us to the next step of the process to “Be the Change”. There is such freedom in being “real” and letting ones character shine from within we want to share that freedom with others. This does not mean you have to become a writer, inspirational speaker or give up all that you have. You can “Be the Change” through most simple tasks that typically cost you absolutely nothing.smile

A friendly smile

A kind word

An open ear to listen

A shoulder to cry on

A sincere “Thank you”

A gentle hand of support

 What is the core of these most basic acts? Very simply, it is love and kindness. It doesn’t matter if it is a stranger you pass in the street and offer a friendly smile as you pass walking down the sidewalk or your listen and supporting a close friend who is crying after a tough break-up. These simple acts affirm the value of each one that our lives touch. As they then realize that they are loved, needed and appreciated as we have, they begin to share these same basic acts with others and so on so on. You see we don’t change the world all at one time; we can’t. We can however “Be the Change” one person at a time.

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Posted February 4, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

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