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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Changing My Tune

I have always maintained that my life is an on-going process; I am continually seeking new paths because I don't see myself as ever being finished to perfection...or even close. I am like an old house: As one problem is repaired, another demands attention. You know how it goes...painting the kitchen makes the cabinets look worn and weary. It's always something.

I've made my "evolutions" (not resolutions) for 2011, but a simple quote I came upon quite by accident a few days ago has made me realize that I need to do more than just work on my insides and the words that come out of my mouth.

Be the change you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Action. That's what is missing. I am going to concentrate on two areas, for a start.
1.  It's time I put my money where my mouth is. I am going to be politically active and donate to/actively support causes in which I believe. Enough of the just complaining.

2. I am going to give back to my community and volunteer. In fact, I have already taken the first steps. What took me so long?

More baby steps...

Written for Magpie Tales


  1. I have always loved that quote by Ghandi...

    A blogging friend ( had a good quote about change: "Look back, but don't stare." Don't fixate on the past--your past mistakes, your regrets, the paths untaken. Instead, glance back, but keep going forward.

    I like "evolutions"instead of resolutions.

  2. Your baby steps are really quite huge.
    I like your 'evolution' to not worry about what others think of you. A good saying to live by is "What other people think of me is none of my business."

  3. woot...these are great evolutions...and speak to my wishes for both of these in the new year!

  4. Wonderful evolutions, Janice. Gandhi was so right. And I like the quotes in the first two comments.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. I like the idea of having evolutions! I like the quote you site. Here is one you might like, "I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody." -Lily Tomlin

  6. Evolutions! What a brilliant idea. (I'm an old house, too.)

  7. Being politically active is admirable but keep your money in your pocket.

  8. Such an uplifting lovely post :o)

  9. Changing tunes is sometimes best...

  10. You've taken the first small steps on what could prove to be the most wonderful journey.

  11. I've always loved that Gandhi quote too. I admire your plans for evolution. Small steps are always best. They keep us moving forward, but we don't get overwhelmed or discouraged.

  12. love your attitude in life.
    keep looking.

  13. Excellent! I am also a work-in-progress. This piece is in your real voice, I think. My mag is from my imagination.

  14. Love this! And you have reminded me of my own evolutions to work on.... off to my closet to purge that which I do not wear and donate it to one who will!

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