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A 100% Chance Of Change: The Choice Is Ours

Updated on November 9, 2012

Disclosure

At the outset of this hub I include the following disclosure:

  1. Commenting & Censure-ship: Being the author of a hub entitled "Complimentary Comments: A Hubbers View of Commenting" makes it a bit awkward for me to censure comments. (Which I have rarely, if ever, had to do here on Hubpages) However, due to the potential volatility of the subject matter here, I am disclosing that I will censure any comment that uses profanity, is divisive or in my view lacks constructive criticism, in any way endorses hatred of another human being or chastises another for expressing themselves appropriately. If you cannot comply with this, don't read any further or don't leave the comment as it will be deleted without publication!
  2. Generally Apolitical. Though there is a political theme used here, this hub is primarily about the need for understanding. It is about the opportunity to reform, individually and systemically.
  3. This hub is also meant to inspire us to constructive, non-violent action.
  4. If, after reading this hub, you are inspired to leave a comment or suggestion to improve our nation, our process or ourselves, please do so. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Imitation and Emulation at Work

Where Do We Go From Here?

I just finished reading the hub "Congratulations Mr-President" by KTbanks, and reading some of the comments and responses inspired me to voice my opinion here. What I hope to convey here is my perception of the ever increasing cultural divide brought to life during our recent presidential election and more disconcertingly...daily life and the interactions among our people.

As you can see in the video above a major concern of our actions is what those actions, on and off the screen, are teaching our future generations, "If this is what you want, this is how you obtain it." "He who has an ear, let him hear."

Who is right and who is wrong is of little consequence compared to how we work out our differences, because our differences will continue. It's part of the nature of life to have two sides of an issue known as Yin and Yang. The question is, how do we deal with it? My suggestions are noted in the hubs I have written during this past year and I offer them as food for thought. I also recognize that they are just the humble opinion of one man, therefore limited in scope. I do however hope that my readers will consider them, weigh them and passionately research and implement their own findings in a peaceful, constructive way.

We Always Have Options

I have said this in many other hubs and I continue to say it because I believe in the statements validity: We may not have created our circumstances but we always have options; we always have choices and we always have sufficient power to exercise them. I remember feeling despondent at times in my life because I felt like I was stuck in a particular situation. As I have come to the realization that I can change how I feel about my circumstances, I can also change what I think and what I believe. That's important, because what I believe is what I will act upon and what and how I act upon determines my life and legacy. Napoleon Hill once said, "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

There is also in this hub a short video of Mr. Hill describing his formula for success. I strongly urge you to watch it and consider it's value in determining your life and consequently the lives and future of us all!

Peace be with you always!

Is Change Possible? You decide for yourself!

Complimentary Comments Are Always Welcomed!

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    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Welcome Little Grandmommy!

      I'm not quite sure what brought you to this hub but, with a sense of gratitude and concern I welcome you. I'm not a doctor so I would strongly encourage you to seek help if there are issues in your world that need to be addressed. I know there were plenty of times in my own life where I thought there was no where to turn and that I was all alone. I guarantee that is not the case...unless that's how you want it to be.

      As I said in this hub, "We may not have created our circumstances but we always have options; we always have choices and we always have sufficient power to exercise them."

      We always have the power to say yes or no and often those choices are very, very hard ones. Nonetheless they are our decisions...and our consequences.

      May Peace be with you! I encourage you to know that you can accomplish anything...and I mean anything, one small step at a time.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

      Bruce

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      Gail 

      5 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      I feel like I went to sleep one night and woke up in a parallel universe. Things have changed so much and most of the changes as far as I can see weren't for the better. I don't know where things will go from here.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Theresa!

      Thank you and I too hope you and your family enjoy the holiday season. I am taking a bit of an intentional respite from writing on hubpages while I consider whether or not I will finish a book I've barely begun entitled "Zero to Something in 60 year." I haven't yet decided on the subtitle because I'm not yet sure what the ultimate message will be. Plus, I have been busy developing two men's groups, One of which I hope to turn into a class or seminar for young men. I'm in the decision mode.

      I'll be posting a review of a book my mentor just completed called "Take It From the Top: What To Do With a Peak Experience," by Edward M. Okeefe, Ph.D. It was dedicated to one of his teachers and I'm considering using it as a resource for one of my men's groups.

      Oh well, sorry I got off on a tangent. I just want you to know how much I appreciate you and your talent, your teaching and your humanity!

      Have a wonderful New Year too, okay?

      Sincerely,

      Bruce

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bruce - Wonderful essay, very reasonable, very encouraging. I wish I had something clever or brilliant to contribute, but you and the erudite commenters have said it all...and expressed it very well. What a recipe for a better world, if people would just embrace it. Great essay. Sharing. Hope you and your family are well. Blessed Christmas.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you b. Malin!

      Yes, labels are easy and so is sitting in a pot of boiling water if you've been sitting in it while the temperature is slowly rising! Then one day, you're dinner! LOL

      I'm thinking we aren't asking the right questions. It isn't do I want to leave the Union, it's do I want to give enough to stay?

      Thank yo for reading and for consciously commenting!

      I am grateful!

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      b. Malin 

      5 years ago

      It's so Easy to give Labels...But the truth of the matter is, Our Country is in Trouble. Our Government Spends too much, and there is too much of it. To deal with them on any Level is to learn that..."They" don't know what they are saying or doing Half the time! 26 or more State have opted out...But inspite of all this, This Country will Survive, it always has, it always will. Why? because we will Change, and if that doesn't work, after all is said and done, we still have our Vote.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Leslie!

      There are three sides to every story...your truth, my truth and the real truth! This may get me in trouble but, generally speaking, our difficulty as a society, in my view, is that we don't care enough about each other to listen intently and presently to the viewpoints other than our own.

      I hesitate to censure for this very reason, even if what someone says or how they say it is not to my liking. I only draw the line when I know that another person is hurt by the comment. The line between sensitivity to human emotion and free expression can be as beautiful or ugly as we make it.

      After reading your work and comments, you have impressed me as one who speaks her mind and cares with her heart! Not a bad combo!

      Please don't let anyone chase you away!

      Sincerely,

      Bruce

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hey Paula!

      If we paid as much attention to what we are creating as we do about somebody else's business, I think we'd be a little better off. That might not be our nature, but I think it's part of the answer.

      It all comes down to trust! We must learn to trust ourselves and each other. We really have a ways to go, but we can get there...one step at a time and hard times have a way of teaching us what we need to learn.

      Thank you for being you and peace be with you!

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      I wish i'd have thought of your first paragraph, Bruce - i'd have put it in every single one of my political hubs..

      I also read KT's hub - and comments - and many, MANY more( as you're probably aware..lol)

      i see this in political comment sections: When people don't have truth or fact on their side - they are quick to attack - anything!

      When people do have truth and facts on their side - they are more patient and explanatory..

      I try not to comment on most far right hubs i read - UNLESS - they are really off base..

      I know i am entering the shark pit so, i make sure i am polite, state the facts - and sign off..

      The vile responses i have received and out and out names i have been called SHOCKED me at first - dumbfounded me, truth be told!

      I pray for some...loosening...some give..some concession to reality - let's face it - the election is over and there's a president in the oval office..

      now - we HAVE to all learn to get along - or, i'm afraid - die trying..

      well done, Bruce - i'm so glad you care!

      sharing with the hub-munity...

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hello Bruce.....You'll get no argument nor disagreement from me. What you present here is accurate, evident, common sense. Should we all like to simplify the view, & scale the BIG picture down to family-size.....??

      How does a family survive, thrive and/or live in harmony, as well as pass on the benefits of "team work," to future family members?

      Care about one another, regardless of differing opinions, share ideas, discuss, compromise and work together toward a common goal. Love the concept of building lives, by working, playing and reaping together......repairing damages, accepting responsibilities and going a bit beyond the call. Favor no one or nothing individually, for any selfish motives, but instead, embrace what is clearly the best outcome for all involved. Accept when you may be wrong, do not look for credit nor extra attention......Give and take equally and make no major mistake a second time.

      It works on a small scale...it can only work better for the BIG picture, where everyone can grow....in mind, body, spirit & intellect.

      Is this really so difficult?

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      I too am an optimist and I believe we can treat each other with respect and consideration. I just happen to think we need to let go of our attachment to an ideal that doesn't serve us any more. We do not have to be everything to everyone and it's time for us to consider how we treat the issues and each other. We have bigger and better things to conquer than each other!

      Thank you for your comment IRC7815, I am grateful.

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      A very interesting slant on the topic. Bill stated he didn't know what had happened. I think what happened is in large part, the creation of the Tea Party. It divided the republican party to the point that it is no longer recognizable. People are also more defensive these days to their own personal hardships but comes across to others as a bad attitude. It is sad but I am an eternal optimist and I believe we can turn it around. Great hub!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Carol, you are right! The bottom line is options and choices, not money and power. As long as we are alive, we can influence the outcome. At times I want to throw my hands up. But whenever I do I see a glimmer of hope in the eyes of one of the young people I know and it just thrills me. The work ethic's in there, but there looking to us for confirmation of their value!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      I know what happened Bill. I closed my eyes for a moment and everything changed! Not!

      This has been going on since the beginning of time, we're just now reaping the consequence. It's not all bad, but what we see is discouraging to us because it wasn't how we were raised.

      I can remember this kind of "negative competition" in other races. Didn't like it then, don't care for it now. But I am encouraged because I know there are people out there like you, who will continue, through adversity, to act consciously and with compassion and in peace!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      The bottom line in life is that we have options and choices. sometimes we don't know if the choices we make are right, but deal with the information at the time..Later sometimes turns out not to be so good and other time things work out. I think America is becoming lazy. Nothing to do with who is president..Kids are entitled and get everything they want from parents. Why work when you can get it by whining. I was brought up just knowing if I wanted something I worked for it. That work ethic is long gone.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce my friend, I have no idea what has happened in this great nation of ours. The division is unbelievable; the hatred and badgering and name-calling is pervasive, and I'm tired of it.

      Your words are wise and your point well-taken; I can only hope that about 100 million people read it and internalize it.

      Great job as always!

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