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Be the change you wish to see #FridayReflections

Lately, the world has seemed like a desolate place. Ever since the election of Trump as president of America, the future looks bleak. Racists and misogynists suddenly feel validated. With Trump being voted in, it appears to have validated their hate. After all, isn’t that what his win signifies? A win for hate?

Amidst all this, there have been his detractors, of course. There have been people protesting in America. People claiming he is not their president. And while I understand their rage, their frustration, their helplessness, I can’t help but wonder — what does this do? Instead, wouldn’t it be more helpful to spread the change they wish to see? To do the exact opposite of what Trump and his supporters do?

We spend so much of our energy complaining about how things should be. We complain about rude people, about busyness, about kids being disrespectful. We whinge about pollution and littering and damage to the environment. We are appalled by racism and sexism and discrimination of any type and justly so.

But what are we doing about it all?

Apart from holding rallies and writing features or trolling others on the internet, what are we really doing to change it?

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we started to behave according to what we want to see? Maybe if we were kinder and more accepting, we’d promote more harmony. Maybe if we stopped littering and wasting, we’d be helping the environment bit by bit. Maybe if we slowed down and lived in the moment, we’d encourage others close to us to also take that moment.

I like to believe in a domino effect. That if I am kind to someone, they are likely to be kinder to someone else and so on and so forth. Or if I smile at someone, it might just improve their day enough to help someone else. Or if I demonstrate unconditional acceptance, someone else will learn some value from that. And maybe, just maybe if I acted the way I’d like to see people act, surely and steadily, I might also notice others who already act in this way.

Maybe I am being naive. Maybe I’m living in a fantasy world.

But it’s still something I can continue to hope for.

After all, I do believe we can be the change we wish to see.

Living my Imperfect Life

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away.

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Prompts for this week:

1. Describe 3 significant childhood memories
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and how they became fears
3. Write on any of the prompts from the month of November
4. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi. Use this quote in a post or as an inspiration for one.
5. Since today is Thanksgiving Day, write a post on the subject of gratitude.

From December, we are changing things around a little bit on Friday Reflections. Our featured writer will be chosen by you, dear readers. We will have a voting system up on the linky tool for you to be able to vote once entries close. Moreover, you may have noticed there’s no picture prompt this week. We’ve decided that we would also like picture contributions from you (duly credited to you, of course!) which we could use as prompts.

So spread the word about not only today’s post but the upcoming changes as well. Write a post on the prompts above and link up below!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

 

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  • Amrita Basu
    25 November 2016 at 8:54 pm

    “Yes be the change you wish to see” and the domino effect ate both I practice in my daily life. Sometimes I fall.off the wagon with my good intentions. But I think trying is the best we can do .All the time.

  • The Unknown Journey Ahead
    26 November 2016 at 4:05 am

    There are some signs that people are trying to be the change instead of just making noise. For example, there was white supremacist type graffiti (including a swastika) left on a ball field building in upstate New York. Hours later, people came to cover it. There were Ku Klux Klan leaflets left in a residential neighborhood on Long Island (near where one of my cousins used to live). Soon after, people rallied publically to show their displeasure. People are taking small but encouraging actions as private citizens, but a lot more needs to be done.
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  • Ankita
    26 November 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I, too, believe, ” As you sow, so shall you reap!” So, if we begin sowing the seeds of love, surely, we will reap lots of love <3

  • Shan Jeniah Burton
    8 December 2016 at 4:12 pm

    On the back of my car is a bumper sticker that reads, “Be the change you wish to see in your children.” It’s not there as much to lecture other people as to remind me that people could be reading it, and seeing whether I’m living up to that.

    We’re unschoolers, and partnering parents: we live with our children as equally as we can (since our kids are now 12 and 15, they’re much more equal than when we set off on this journey when they were 4 and 7). There is no punishment here, no chores, no arbitrary rules. Instead we have a simple principle:

    Everyone gets to be safe and happy; safety comes first.

    Our lives are about joyful learning, and living peacefully together. We (my Accomplice and I) believe that happy children (happy PEOPLE!) are less likely to cause trouble, or harm others with intention – because, when we’re happy, our needs are being met, and there’s a tendency to want to spread happiness.

    I take delight very seriously – even when my kids aren’t with me.

    I found this a brilliant post, and only wish I’d opened the waiting tab sooner – living joyfully, of late, has been a kinetic affair! =D