I’m linking in to Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday today.
Once I dreamed of change
Of turning the world upside down
I was prepared to give it my all
I wanted to work to bring change
Change that lasts
And peace that passes all understanding.
I spent years, months, and hours
Forfeiting holidays and fun
Sacrificing for a cause
That was bigger than us all
Perhaps my contribution did help
In some small way
Maybe, I made one life a little easier
And helped create something wonderful
But it left me with nothing for myself
I didn’t feel the peace within
I was confused and hurt
Feeling like my ‘sacrifice’ had no rewards.
It wasn’t until I realized
That the change I worked so hard for
Had to begin within me
That world peace started
With peace in my own heart
That love for humankind
Began with loving me.
It had to begin with me!
As you know I love collecting and sharing inspirational quotes. Here are some on change:
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change ~ Jim Rohn
Change bring opportunity ~ Nibo Qubein
Here’s an excerpt from Small Change: It’s the Little Things in Life That Make a Big Difference! by Susan and Larry Terkel.
The power of small change lies in how much easier small changes are to initiate and maintain, and how meaningful are the patterns they create.
Replace a soft drink with water at just one meal — say, lunch. With this small change, you will drink approximately forty more gallons of water per year, while not drinking forty gallons of carbonated sugar. You will also save up to fifty thousand calories and as much as five hundred dollars.
Walk to the next bus stop instead of the closest one. In one year, you will walk more than 150 miles more than if you had not changed your routine. This is the equivalent of walking from New York to Philadelphia and back each year. In ten years, you will have walked more than 1,500 miles.
Consciously say, “I love you,” at the end of every phone conversation with a life partner, and it will reinforce the message for both of you, adding tens of thousands of endearments over the course of a relationship. Small change adds up!
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