How To Be The Change You Want To See In The World

Life emerges.
Life emerges.

Most of us are familiar with the famous line given by one of the world's greatest leaders, Mahatma Gandhi; "You must be the change you want to see in the world." It's inspiring and motivational and yet when it comes time to make necessary changes in our lives, we often find it challenging and hesitate to begin. We look for ways to make it easier. Real change often requires uncomfortable transitions and it helps to know how we can move through these transitions with less resistance.

There are organic changes that come naturally as in a seed taking root or the change from a cocoon to a butterfly, a baby entering the world, a boy becoming a man. Although these require internal, transformational change, the effort is made from within, as we see below.

Change is a natural, evolving part of being human. Without change, we stagnate and are less than we are meant to be. We often feel that changes need to be made in our lives, but we don't know how to begin. The first step is realizing that it will require effort, but it doesn't need to be difficult when we understand that real change comes from within.


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Change Comes From Within

A tiny stem emerges through the hardened soil, triumphant in its transition from a sprouted seed to a single, slender, glorious stem.

A caterpillar wraps itself into a dark cocoon and begins the transformation inside a silvery chrysalis, laboring to emerge as a delicate, vibrantly colorful butterfly.

A baby positioned to make its entry into the awaiting world follows the cues of the mother's body, as it contracts and opens and expands to make ready the birth canal for the baby's grand voyage into living, open, breath life.

Change Comes In Different Stages

Change comes in different stages, but it's never the beginning or the end that is the most difficult, it is the period of transition which requires the most focus and labor. Transition is the bridge that makes change possible. The time required varies according to conditions. But in most cases, it does mean transformation is eminent.

The stem will continue to grow and a flower will appear, providing all conditions are favorable. The flower may attract the bees and butterflies to provide nectar for the continuing propagation of life.

The butterfly will continue to grow and feed and nourish throughout its short life cycle. They remind us of of the beauty and fragility of life.

The newborn will grow rapidly and continue to form throughout different stages of it's life until adulthood is reached. The adult will also continue to adapt and go through life stages until the final passage of death.

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

How To Make Transition Less Difficult

How can we make the transition of change less difficult? Being prepared to the best of our ability can always help. Realizing there will be necessary shifts to accelerate or decelerate the process can help cushion the uncertainty and apprehensive period that often accompanies this transitional phase. Realizing that it is a crucial and necessary part of change, and that it won't last forever, can help us focus on moving through the uneasiness. Focusing on the end goal with visualization, meditation, yoga or by practicing body relaxation techniques can help calm the mind and body. A simple calming breath can help relax the mind and body.

Transition Through Change.
Transition Through Change.

Don't Give up During The Transitional Phase

As human beings, we can add emotional layers to help ease a transition, by using humor, empathy, compassion, resolve, tenacity, courage and understanding. We can even forewarn others to bear with us and support us while we make the transformation from cocoon to butterfly.

As humans we can reach out and support and encourage and cheer each other on as we make the necessary transitions that life requires from each of us. If we fail to make it through the transitional period, the change is not complete. The transformation will be delayed or suspended when change was eminent. Don't give up!

Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson

" You Must Be The Change You Want To See In The World"

Whether it be the transition of birth, to middle school, to college graduate, to first job, to marriage, to fatherhood, to new job, to new home, to loss, to widowhood, to disability, to retirement, to whatever life changes we face, we can ease the transition by accepting that change is a dynamic, essential part of life. Making a change in character or lifestyle requires a good look in the mirror, and wanting to make the very best of our human existence.

Although not always easy, we should embrace change and realize by doing so, our own human potential enlarges and expands. Life is a journey, the grand circle of life, make it amazing!

"You must be the change you want to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi


Circle of Life - Elton John

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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

You said it well.I hope that you inspire many with this powerful presentation.Voted awesome.


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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Change is something that lots of people find really difficult, so thanks for this hub. The only certainty we have in life is change, so we do need to learn to embrace it


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

What a brilliant reminder of change. Awesome hub! I love your choice of YouTube - Michael Jackson too - gotta be an all time favourite!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Change is usually something I dread and then most of the time it turns out better than I expected. This is a very good article about change and the stages we experience.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks Apostle Jack, If it inspires one person, it has done its work. Change is a beautiful thing, even though difficult at times. Thank you for reading!

@CMHypno, I think the more we embrace change and look forward to it's possibilities, we become more who we really are. Thanks for reading and commenting.

#acaetnna, Thanks! Michael says it well, doesn't he? I'm glad you found it useful. :)

Thanks Pamela, You're not alone, most people do dread change and like to stick to familiarity. There is constant change in nature, and look at its beauty. It is the same for humans if we allow it to take its course and stay in the constant flow.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Rebekah, very well written hub. Thumbs up! However, humans are very feeble individuals on their own. Many of them do not like change. Change is not always seen as a good thing, which is because fear of the unknown. Many people are very happy to remain ignorant in their ways. I've written a couple of hubs on change/difference each of can make, not only to our own life, but to other people's life as well. I am not posting the links to them, because the hubs are only somewhat relevant. But, the titles are "A Single Conscious Mind Changes World" and "How Humanity Habitat- Changing Life- We Can Make A Difference" are the hubs, if you care to see them. If people truly understood their life, then they wouldn't be afraid of change, regardless of the unknown factors involved. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful hub. :)


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Hi Cags, Nice to see you and thanks! Yes, humans are feeble and most of us don't enjoy change because, as you say, there is fear of uncertainty and the unknown. I think the more we are in touch with our inner selves, and are confident in our abilities, the easier the transitions become for us. Humans are also extremely strong and if we concentrate on doing whatever it is we're called upon to do, often in the face of change, we grow and discover our human potential is really only limited by our attitude and our thoughts. I will definitely take a look at your hubs within the next couple of days. They sound interesting! Thanks for posting and thanks for reading!


rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

Awesome hub, I enjoyed it alot.

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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks so much rorshak. It makes my day when I read a comment like this. Its always nice to hear Michael Jackson, isn't it? :)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub and you made this so beautiful. I got new motivation after reading this hub. Well done, my friend. Rated up!

Prasetio


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BlueDinosaur 5 years ago from Denver, CO

Thanks for the inspiration. It's hard in life trying to create something original or from scratch, so sometimes you're better off just ignoring those naysaying voices in your head and getting on with the work. Excellent hub.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hi Rebekah, it feels like the last few years were all transition. You have watched it take place as the persona of Winsome took shape here on HP. The scattered flotsam of the "big bang" of separation gathered into a cohesive and focused realization that no matter what changes around me, I can control only my own attitude and response. It feels more comfortable when I build from what I know and what I enjoy. Thanks for your part in that transformation. As Tony says,

Peace and love. =:)


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks Prasetio. I'm always happy to see your visit at one of my hubs. I'm glad you found inspiration and motivation here. That's why we write, yes? Just as I have found wonder and inspiration from reading your hubs! Peace.

Hello BlueDinosaur, You're so right. Stepping outside of the box is liberating. Our creativity has no limits when we believe we are more than ordinary. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Winsome, I remember your first comment on my Love Quotes hub. You talked about love transcending us into a different dimension. When love fades, it never disappears, it goes where it's needed. I like your attitude about attitude. I think no matter what we go through, when we realize that everyone goes through life facing major transitions, we are able to let the walls fall down and be our own architect, and continue the building or rebuilding process. I'm very happy to be part of the transformation in your life.

love, light always~~ xo


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Another hub which reader may enjoy is written by Winsome.

http://hubpages.com/relationships/Be-the-Best-or-D...

What a great title, yes? It is an excellent hub about making choices.


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

What an awesome Hub rebekah. "Be the Change" has always had a bit of a lofty, esoteric ring to it which makes it difficult to define. Your Hub says it all with style and power. Great stuff! Self discovery of the need to change is the start. Not being fearful of the transformation begins the journey. Thanks for the link to Winsome's Hub too. (one of my favorite authors here).


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

As I often say, just wait five minutes and everything will change. But change is so so hard. We all seem to resist it when things are going well, welcome it and look for it when things are going badly. Either way, inevitably, changes always does and will come. Thank you for your insightful article. I enjoy many of the same interests as you.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Hi Green, thanks! It appears that change is not really an option, it's something we all face. Some do better than others. Even HP is now in a transition. I like how you say, not being fearful of the transformation begins the journey'. That's truly being self aware. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. It's always nice to see you.

@Hi Exotic HQ, yes, things can change in a moment. I guess that's one more very good reason to keep our head and hearts in the now, and make it the best we can. Thanks for stopping by!


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Latasha Woods 5 years ago from USA- United States of Aspiration

This is such a wise and inspiring article. Thank you for sharing.


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4tune 5 years ago from Michigan

And sometimes you wanna change something but you can't even pin point exactly what that is.. You'll just know there is something that should change.. but then feel hopeless and clueless about the whole thing, maybe for decades even.


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Fullerman5000 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

Very well said and so true. I have a few changes i want to make with my life that will be very different. This is a true and inspirational hub. great work. voted awesome


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks Latasha! I'm happy to have inspired you. Thank you for reading and sharing a comment.

@4tune, I think that is probably very true for many people.

Maybe because sometimes we're hesitant to look within and listen. I think the answers are always within when we are ready to trust ourselves and go forward. I know for myself, writing in a journal helps me bring my inner thoughts out where I can see them.

Thanks for reading and sharing!

@Fullerman, thanks so much. Best to you with the changes you want to make. I think it's exciting when we know we need to make a change and we can begin the process. Be patient with yourself. Thanks for the vote also. I'm glad you found it inspiring.


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi another inspiring piece of work,which you have penned in your unique style. Your work is always a pleasure to read, thank you for sharing. Best wishes to you.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi rebekALLE, I get comfortable and set in my ways then become scared of change, but things are changing around us all the time and we have to move on, this is beautifully written and inspiring, I look forward to reading more of your work, thank you.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thank you kindly, D.A.L., I appreciate your words and it's always a pleasure to see your visit. Best wishes to you also!

Hi Movie Master, nice to see you here. Thank you! Yes, we all seem to find our comfort zone, which sometimes isn't so comfortable. Change is dynamic, it makes all things move in a new direction. I don't believe life is meant to be boring, which can happen if we get stuck and don't want to make the changes. I really enjoyed finding your hubs, they are wonderful.


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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

Thanks for this hub - useful! It reminds me of one thing I learned long ago but had forgotten over the years - I have the power to create the life I want. Quite empowering message you have here. Thanks again :)


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Excellent opening, awesome hub! Dealing with transitions is a constant feature of life, best for us to accept that as fact and learn how to deal with it. Transitions and changes are also part of our growth as a person, I feel that it would be foolish to fight it. Reminds me of a de la Rouchefoucauld quote, "the only thing constant in life is change." Thanks for sharing this rebekahELLE.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks for reading kerlynb! I'm glad it inspired you. Yes, every day is a gift, and we have the power to make each day into something beyond the ordinary!

Hello moiragallaga, thank you for reading and your generous comments. Yes, I think of that quote often myself. Without that constant, we would not grow and blossom. Life is.. change. :)


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Lisa HW 5 years ago from Massachusetts

I happened upon this Hub kind of by accident, and it turned out to be one that kind of hits home for me. I know this isn't what the Hub is aimed at (and that comparing life change to this will seem shallow and inappropriate), but I've been in a transition with my writing for some time now. What was was once simple has now become, essentially, a big, complicated, half-baked, mess! I know where I'm aiming, but a) it's taking forever, and b) I just seem to be creating a bigger and bigger mess with each new step.

So anyway, although this may not be quite what you had in mind in writing this Hub, I've particularly appreciated being reminded of that "transition factor" in growth. Basically, I just haven't been thinking in terms of transition and have, instead, been thinking in terms of where I was, where I'd like to be, and the fact that I've seemed stuck in "limbo" for ages now. So, although I know your Hub wasn't aimed at me and my little writing "issues", thank you for the reminder about the transition factor.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Hi Lisa, actually the hub is aimed at any kind of transitional period we find ourselves in, which for many right now on HP, may include their style of writing. I initially was inspired to write it because HP is in a transitional phase. I've seen the frustration and impatience from many as evidenced in the forums and with some of the hub topics.

I think with any kind of change, we have the tendency to expect the results the way we want them, now. Perhaps it may help if you simply leave it in neutral for a time period until your thoughts become clearer on what you want to write. The thing about transitions is that the time period varies according to the conditions we find ourselves in. But also, we can modify those conditions if we so desire. I still see many in the forums blaming HP for their earnings issues (not you). I'm from the firm belief that we make our own conditions within those we can't control.

So, yes, the hub is aimed at whoever finds it helpful in whatever transition they may find themselves! I'm glad you found it helpful, and thanks for reading and commenting! Best to you with your writing. :)


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I think that the hardest transition is losing loved ones to death which of course is inevitable. Nice to have the support of friends and family through all types of transitions and changes which come along in life. Useful hub. Thanks!


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

I think you're probably right, Peggy. Death can be a difficult transition, especially when unexpected. And broken relationships, losing a job, a friend, a home, can almost be like mini 'deaths'. Something has been taken away; we have to deal with these transitions and ultimately, life changes, the best we can. Friends and family are our lifeline. :)


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

What a great hub! Change is a great topic, because we all experience it often in our lives. I have written about change a while back in my hubs. We have to change, yet we hate change too. The analogy of the butterfly and the transition of the baby child is wonderful her too. Cheers!


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Xinox Leugim 5 years ago from Philippines

Hi, rebekah. Indeed, change is a process that we all go through constantly in life. What makes a person resists the occurrence of change is when he is stucked to the comfort zone of his own world. Life is dynamic and we don't expect it to be as it is infinitely. In organizations, in our status in life, love, technology, you name it, and everything continuously evolve into something that we haven't known in the past. The best attitude is to welcome change as an opportunity to exude the best that you can be in the transition period. Definitely, resistance may exist but when we realize that we cannot evade the occurrence of change do we immediately recognize the value of having changes in our system and generally in our life.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Hi Cheeky Girl, thanks! I think we reach a point in our lives which welcomes change. It's like a breath of fresh air.

But reaching that point requires going 'through the fire' at least once or twice in our lives. We find that we came out alive and are ready for new possibilities. We need those times of vulnerability to make us stronger human beings. Always nice to see you. xo

Thank you Xinox, love your comment! I couldn't agree with you more. I remember reading somewhere that something as simple as changing 20 things in our environment can make a difference in how we function, it stimulates our brain and allows us to experience change in our daily routines. Those seemingly insignificant changes help us deal with the bigger life changes we all must experience.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

Comforting and inspiring words for those who must accept change - that is, all who live, for life is change.


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waynet 4 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

Very profound words of wisdom and it came right at a time that I needed reminding of the way I should see myself at the end of my end goals and transitioning path!

Cheers now!


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rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

waynet, I'm glad to hear the words helped you! It's easy to lose focus and get caught up in the change itself rather than moving through the transitional phase. Best to you!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

This was a truly inspiring hub and I'm so glad that I got to read it.

Changes in our lives are most of the times healthy, but that doesn't mean it comes easy. However to be afraid and stick to familiarity all the life, is life without living.

Voted up and if there was a button for "inspirational" I would like to have checked that, but you got awesome instead!

Sannel


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gottaloveit 4 years ago from MD

Change is a good thing in my life but the transitionary period is not always easy. A very inspiring hub.


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sunkentreasure 4 years ago

BLESS SOMEONE TODAY By BERNARD LEVINE

Bless someone today with words of kindness

Do something nice for a friend

Sow seeds of encouragement into a stranger's heart

Tell your loved ones you greatly adore them

Make someone's day precious and beautiful

Give God praise for His greatness

Strengthen your companion with fruits of joy

Add faith to your neighbour's life

Bless someone today and remember - Jesus loves you.

© Bernard Levine


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I'm experiencing great change currently as I quit my day job and went into working for my self full time as a web developer, so I have been going through a great deal of transitional changes.

Many changes one may go through won't always be the most pleasant, by if you stay the course I've learned many times over that it definitely sprouts a better outlook overall. Outstanding hub here @ rebekahELLE.

Voted up on every level except for funny, because this change thing you wrote about is a serious matter for us all.


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rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks for the comments!

@cloudexplorer, I hope your changes will go well. Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in the transitional stage that we lose focus. Keep your eye on your goals, maybe break them into smaller time frames which often are more achievable. It's encouraging when we accomplish even the smallest goal on our way to bigger goals. I'm so glad you found the hub helpful. Best to you!


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Florida, USA

Very beautiful hub. You did a wonderful job presenting this material. I like how you talked about transition within the change...sometime we forget that change is not an overnight occurrence and will take time. We will move through various stages as we become what we want to become. Thanks for sharing a great hub!


Modonika 3 years ago

VERY nice hub.. love the topics :)

Really Found it great and motivating. Presenting the ideas, u know the technique. I am still trying to learn.

Celebration times..You got me as your new follower.

Good luck rebekahELLE :)


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Esther Strong 3 years ago from UK

A very thought provoking hub (enjoyed the song/video too). Voted up etc.


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rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks Esther. I'm happy to see it gave you food for thought. Change is a process which requires our focus. Glad you enjoyed the video! Thanks for the follow also, I appreciate your comments and time to read my hubs.


stessily 3 years ago

rebekahELLE, Your presentation on change gives good guidance. Especially valuable is this point which you note: "it is the period of transition which requires the most focus and labor. Transition is the bridge that makes change possible."

Also valuable is the quotation from Mahatma Gandhi, which you wisely incorporated into the title. It is one of his most beloved pieces of advice, for obvious reasons. Everyone everywhere can relate to those words. Change can become less scary when we realize that change does not have to occur externally to ourselves; we can be the conveyors and purveyors of change.

Thank you for your reassuring coverage of change, which is indeed ubiquitous.


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rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thank you stessily. I think change can be a less stressful process if we understand there are phases we must go through. Without changes in our lives, we are stagnant. We should welcome the opportunity for growth when we are placed with circumstances that require a change of thought, routine, situations. I like what you say about being the purveyors of change, beautiful and insightful.


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Kenja 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

Bek: Essential information, well presented. Thoughtful, smooth, empathetic. I'm still waiting for more comments by dear you on some of my other Hub works (there are not too many Rebekah Elle's in these here parts). warm best, Ken


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rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks Ken! I'll have to visit your hubs soon. I always enjoy reading your hubs and have also visited your web site. I love your style and content. I'm glad you liked this one. I hope all is well in your part of the world! Enjoy the day~~


Rayne123 2 years ago

Inspiring hub

I always loved those words........"you must be the change you wish to see in the word" I love those words

Jesus says something to the fact of those very words in the bible.

I have to be honest when I first read those words I thought it was an MJ quote. I had never heard of Mahatma Ghandi at the time. He does have quite a few impressive quotes.

Those words are so true, if we give love and rays of light to those around us that is what we receive in return.

IF we are always negative that the change will be negative.

thank you for the inspiring hub

Blessings

Laurie


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rebekahELLE 2 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

Thanks for reading. I think we very much have to be what we wish to see. How can we have change and peace in our lives if we ourselves are not willing to change and be peace to others. It always starts within. Happy to have inspired you.


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Shinkicker 2 years ago from Scotland

Voted up.

A nice reminder that you are never too old to change.


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rebekahELLE 2 years ago from Tampa Bay Author

It's always nice to see a visit from Shinkicker. Thanks for reading and, yes, we're never too old to change. Although a bit harder as we are more set in our ways, it's necessary to make changes and adapt. No one wants to grow old and be that old cranky person who complains about the world. :0

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