Throwback Thursday – Be the change

Protest signI’ve had a lot on my mind this week. Too much actually. I find that the words are blocked and I’ve frankly run out of time. I am re-posting something I wrote back in 2014 which I feel is even more relevant today.

I was out-of-town for the last several days and was catching up on my reading when I came across a post written by one of my favorite bloggers. In her article she asked the question, do you ever involve yourself in a cause that doesn’t personally affect you?

Source: Be the change

10 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – Be the change

  1. What the world needs now may be love, sweet love, but a few new ideas might go a long way too.

    As always your words summarize what I’ve been trying to process in my own mind and life. I’m tired of people telling me that everything is too extreme to even try to fix it– when a bit of innovative thinking, combined with sweet love, would go a long way to making things better. Finding solutions. But no, I seem to be surrounded by people who just want to have problems. *sigh*

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    1. It goes back to that whole analogy of eating a whale. As I don’t condone whaling, let’s assume it has beached itself and died of natural causes after a nice long happy life. Then again, I’m not all that cool with eating a whale either, but let’s say it’s that or starving. At some point, you have to stop complaining about how terrible the situation is (which it is – it really, really is), sit down (hold your nose if you have to), and take one bite at a time.

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  2. A timely post, Allie. My dad was in politics for most of his adult life. He never surrendered his values, but I know at times he was discouraged and disheartened. I think the US needs more people who care about the horrible state of the country to get involved and try to make a difference. The situation is so bad that even incremental changes will be positive. Regarding your question about getting involved in a cause that doesn’t personally affect you? I think we are all ultimately impacted by the decisions made at the top. We pay for it financially, but also in our current stress, and worry over the world our children and grandchildren will face. Did your dad become a commissioner?

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    1. “We are all ultimately impacted” – my younger self didn’t understand how true those words are. I am much wiser now.

      My dad was elected, matter of fact, and currently has the privilege of serving his community as Mayor Pro Tem. He and I still disagree over policy from time to time, but I am proud that he is out there trying to make a difference.

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  3. Great post. If I had three wishes, one of them would be that people actually exercised their right to vote. Even if you don’t want to get involved in a cause, you can be the change you want to see simply by doing that one small thing. We just had an election where I am, and it was astonishing how many people didn’t bother to vote, and now everyone’s complaining about the new government.

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    1. Yeah, as a rule, you can’t complain if you are able to vote, but chose not to. It is especially important that people vote in local elections. While the national elections get a lot of attention, there are smaller issues on the ballots all the time that actually often wind up affecting you more than the national talking points.

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