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Isn't It Time? The Choice to Change is Yours

Updated on October 13, 2012

Let's write a different tune!

Deciding to change the future now!

How long does it really take to make a decision to be at peace with yourself or your neighbor? How long does it take to recognize the futility of violence against those to whom we are connected? How long will it take for us to understand that peace is a decision we must first make within ourselves? Peace is not external, it is internal and it must start within each of us before it will ever spread to all of us!

Is humanity that egotistical that it cannot choose to see itself in each death that occurs by violence? Is a human life so cheap, so exhaustible a resource that we can afford to choose not to care when one soul dies at the hand of another?

How many atrocities must occur before we say we have had enough and we are not going to participate any longer in the killing? How many men, women and children will give up their lives or have them ruined forever before we commit to the process of peaceful coexistence?

Is what we want so important to us that we are willing to cause harm to another human being to obtain it? Seriously, have we become so mentally, emotionally and spiritually desensitized that virtually anything is okay, including exhausting our most valuable resources? Neither murder nor mayhem has solved a world problem without creating a new one to take its place.

I'm reminded of the old saying that "If you want what you've always gotten continue to do what you've always done. To get something new, you're going to have to do something different." Isn't time for a change?

It's your choice

It's nothing new, perhaps it's a part of the very fiber of the human condition. But it often seems as though there are those who will do anything for money or power. Question: So what does anything leave out? Answer: Nothing. Which is exactly what one would have in the end if they continued to follow this philosophy. The number of bankruptcies in the US is staggering yet there is always someone on the other end of that deal who is receiving a pecuniary gain with the same financial force as those who are pounded by the loss of their home. One man's floor is another man's ceiling?

What happens to the guy or gal who worked for 35 years, doing all the right things to develop a retirement only to have the pension fund be embezzled or the 401k riddled like a Superbowl ticket made into confetti?

I am not going to belabor this point as I know the majority of readers here are intelligent, caring individuals. I guess my question isn't really just "isn't it time" for a change of thinking; I guess the real question here is "isn't it time for a change in doing?"

I was told that "nothing happens before someone sells something." So, I am asking you who read this to answer the following questions:

  • If this were the day that I breathed my last breath can I say that I am at peace with myself and with my neighbor?
  • Can I say that my actions have been authentic enough to demonstrate and perpetuate peace?
  • Have I refrained from egotistical and selfish dealings fostering discontent in my home, my family, my business or within my community? Or, can I say that every action I took was preceded by a momentary breath of consciousness long enough to include consideration for others?
  • Can I say I replaced the thought of personal gain with the possibility of peaceful coexistence for the highest good of myself and the highest good of all concerned?
  • If we cannot answer these questions in the positive then, "isn't it time" for a change?

As always, the choice is solely yours, but the consequence belongs to us all!

I'm always interested in your comments.

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    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi LauraD093,

      Thank you for reading this hub. I'm grateful you decided to give it a go. I hope it's not the last.

      I couldn't have made this comment near as well as you did. We are flawed and we do evolve...if we want to.

      Thanks for contributing to the collective consciousness and to me as well.



    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Theresa...agreed! Replacing our own strength is often a most difficult task.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

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      Laura Tykarski 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Born2care2001-this is the first time I've ever read 1 of your hubs and I really enjoyed it. The writers out here that "get me thinking," are my best tools for inspiration. Although I couldn't answer a positive "yes" to all your self-reflection questions I allow myself to be alright with that. As a human being I will continue to evolve as long as I stay upright and breathing. Peace or a sense of peace is going to be interpreted differently for us flawed humans who practice varied ideologies and moralities. Nothing is ever as cut and dried as we would like but sticking to the "Golden Rule," is usually a safe bet.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bruce -

      How kind and generous your concluding remarks are. :) I have had a few friends sit in from time to time. Kathleen Cochran here on HP and I have been friends for over thirty years (wow, I am really getting old). No longer working full time, last year she sat in on my upper level History of Science course for most of the semester. We are still friends so all went well. :)

      What you refer to as possibly "blue collar" is to me simply pragmatic. I love philosophy and deep thinking (I did make it through grad school), but sometimes I think we forget that critical thinking should enable us to ascertain tangible steps that need to be taken in our thinking and specific actions that need to become part of our lives. What better approach could there be in dealing with people, especially young men.

      Not to be arrogant, but I believe we both care about the people we work with and I believe we are both on the right track. We just have to make sure that our own inner strength and joy are replenished regularly so we can keep doing what we are called to do. :)

      Have a great weekend.


    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you phdast7!

      Your assessment of my heart-felt and impassioned plea is oh, so correct. There is so much literature out there its hard to remember where I've read something too.

      Dr. Bruce Lipton's research described in his book "The Biology of Belief" is significant, especially when connected to the energetic and vibratory theories of thought attached to the work of Jerry and Esther Hicks, (proponents of the Law of Attraction)

      My impassioned plea to people, especially young men, is synonymous with something I read in your profile that you are passionate about as well, and that is, critical thinking. I may view it in a very blue collar way but I propose two things to my clients and audiences. 1) Know what you want (think about it, research it, ask questions until you are completely satisfied you have your answer) and 2) know why you want it. (inspiration and imagination will lead you to the motivation to continue...each day) This almost a surefire way to success in any endeavor.

      I think and believe I would really enjoy monitoring your classes! Your students probably don't know the gem they have in you!!!

      Humbly and gratefully,


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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      A heart-felt and impassioned plea to be more, to do more, to acknowledge and celebrate the connectedness that already exists among us. I read somewhere else today that every action (even seemingly instinctual ones) is preceded by a thought (or a belief). Which is why what you write is important. We must grasp and internalize right thinking in order to change our own lives and impact the world. Excellent hub. Sharing.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Ah CloudExplorer, I have so missed you! I know you have been busy but, I'm glad you found time to share this hub with me. I am grateful for your time and your comments, but most of all for your humanity. Though we do not get to share much time together we are working, I think, for many of the same things.

      I know you through your work here on Hubpages. May you always succeed when you work for a common good!

      Take care my friend and keep on writing!


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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      I like your take on the whole issue with morality, and isn't it time for doing. This hub was definitely something we all need to think about, because life itself is a tough nut to crack, and struggle as well as pain is as consistent as breathing is for a weakened or strong set of lungs.

      Outstanding write up, and thanks for showing that you care for us all by placing such emphasis on making effective change that counts on the inside rather then on the outer surface of things in life. Voted up and getting shared.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Yes Mary, it surely would be a better place. Thank you for coming back to read this hub. I am grateful for your time and comments!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This is a great Hub, very thought provoking. It give everyone something to think about and to take action on. If everyone just lived by the golden rule, the world would be a better place, don't you think? I voted this UP, etc.etc.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi yoginijoy!

      Thank you so much for reading my hub. I am grateful for your time. I also appreciate the vote up and beautiful.

      More than that, my gratitude goes to all who, like you, feel it is a responsibility to live a conscious life!

      Please come back again, okay!


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      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Great hub! I agree with you that it is always a choice and that we must make the choice and model it for our fellow humanity. Voting up and beautiful!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Nona!

      Isn't is funny that we are all standing right in front of each other and yet we cannot see that we are connected and in reality (however one views that) we are interdependent. Whenever one of us fails, we all fail. Whenever one of us succeeds, we all succeed.

      My hope for peace is that each of us finds some place in his or her heart to look at ourselves and our world in a slightly different way. That would be a start.

      Thank you for your care, support and sharing!!!

      You know I greatly appreciate it!


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      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      When you say it is in each of us, the ability to decided on peace. When we talk about global peace, peace within our communities and neighborhoods, one would think that we would all awake one day and go enough is enough, but sometimes that "stuff" inside is bruied so deep and hurt after hurt is weighting it down that it is a struggle, to say the least. I see this struggle in my neice who lost her mother a few months ago but they had never come to terms with something that happened years ago. We can't get her to seek therapy. But, I do wonder how many people are hurting so bad they take it out on so many others.

      I pray for that peace you so eloquently talk about and we must pray for the people. I love the bad we can't put these on a few billboards, print them on the front page of the newspaper, Time Magazine and replace them and the article with the most beautiful man and woman issue of sport illustrated, etc.

      Great job borntocare. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting.... I am sharing.

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      Redberry Sky 

      6 years ago

      Wise words, Bruce, and well said. Nothing will change unless we all change together.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is great and heartfelt writing. I think that there are few of us who could answer all those questions affirmatively. As you say, it is a choice, and I hope that more and more of us (and I) have the courage to choose wisely.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Living Well Now -

      Thank you so much for reading this hub and for taking the time to comment so thoughtfully. I agree with you in part. Freedom from fear and ignorance would certainly manifest a changing future and I think we are headed in that direction. A great read about enlightenment might be "The Translucent Revolution" by Arjuna Ardagh.

      Also, with people who care, like you, enlightenment isn't necessarily the whole answer in mho, it is can we live together as human beings? It may take some evolving but, I bet we can!

      Thank you so much,


      Billybuc -

      I am always so grateful for your time and words of praise. We are all connected. I'm simply committed to delivering this message from my heart. Many years ago, I learned something from one of the founders of UPS. He said, "Determined men, working together can accomplish anything." I want to test that in the area of peace, but I know it must begin with me!

      Thank you my friend, I am deeply indebted for your support. It means so much!


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Bruce! This may, in my opinion, be your best work. I love the message, man, and I love the messenger.

      Great job! This baby needs to be shouted from the mountaintops.

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      Living Well Now 

      6 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      Freeing ourselves from ignorance and fear would go a long way to changing the future. My own fear is that we're headed away from enlightenment.


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