Be The Change

*Adapted from Gandhi’s 10 Rules for Changing the World,an article by Henrik Edberg

CHANGE YOURSELF
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

YOU ARE IN CONTROL
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

FORGIVE AND LET IT GO
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

WITHOUT ACTION YOU AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE
“An ounce of practice is worth moth than tons of preaching.”

TAKE CARE OF THIS MOMENT
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”

EVERYONE IS HUMAN
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

PERSIST
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

SEE THE GOOD IN PEOPLE AND HELP THEM
“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”
“Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

BE CONGRUENT, BE AUTHENTIC, BE YOUR TRUE SELF
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

CONTINUE TO GROW AND EVOLVE
“Constant development is the law of life and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”

http://www.dailygood.org/2008/05/15/top-10-tips-from-gandhi-s-words/

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Be The Change

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

be the change you want to see in the world

November 24, 2014

I’ve thought/meditated/prayed about this all day today. I have decided not to blog about Michael Brown or Ferguson, Missouri or American racism. Volumes have been shared considering his tragic death, the Brown family’s loss, the community’s pain and the nation’s bigotry, hatred and fear that still simmers 149 years after the Civil War.

I work very hard throughout my life not to judge. I choose not judge Micheal Brown or Darren Wilson.

Instead I am blogging about Mahatma Ghandi: Be the change you want to see in the world.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

In the early months of my seminary study, I acknowledged that for all the thinking, contemplation, meditating and praying that spiritual and religious persons vastly better at it than I had done for thousands of years, it was going to take me taking action if I was going to accomplish my ministry’s agenda of hope through compassion and forgiveness.

Contemplation isn’t enough. Contemplation requires action. A spiritual kind of “Just Do It!”

So tonight I think about Gandhi’s words. He lead a nonviolent passive resistance movement that changed the history of India – leading independence from British rule, drawing attention to India’s oppressive class system and extreme poverty and relentlessly looking for paths to peace between Hindus and Muslims. He was a spiritual warrior who taught and lived his philosophy of “satyagraha” (devotion to truth) with hunger strikes as his primary weapon. His spiritual message and nonviolent politics touched Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr and Nelson Mandela. Strongly influenced by Hinduism, Jainism and Christianity along with the writing of Thoreau and Tolstoy, this Father of India refused violence. He has much to teach me.

My thoughts about Gandhi lead me to action. Personal and social transformation go together. Nonviolent protest to achieve political change and social and religious progress works. Gandhi’s strategy can be successful.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Tonight I am examining my racism; my evaluations/judgments and thoughts, feelings and behaviors about ethnicity, class, poverty, law enforcement, criminal justice, violence and fear.

I am changing. Change begins with me. Tonight I light a candle for Michael Brown and Darren Wilson and Black people and White people and Gray People. Pray for me.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”