Be the Change

November 2, 2012

in Song of the Week, While Perched upon my Soapbox

Be the Change

There is an unprecedented amount of passion surrounding the presidential election this year. Spend five minutes on Facebook for confirmation. There’s an endless stream of politically-oriented postings, and vitriolic dialog erupting regularly. Some posts are funny, while others are hateful. A certain percentage are factually correct, while the remaining are inaccurate.

The emotional frenzy over this particular election is for one simple reason:

Change

Healthcare, environmental issues, national security, marriage equality, education, women’s issues, unemployment, and the economy are some of the big issues of the election. People want change in so many areas this year.

Much is at stake for the nation in 2012. What happens next, though? I have a suggestion:

Be the change.

Don’t wait four more years, seeing the process of voting as your contribution to change. Do something. Take your passion off the internet next Wednesday, and make a difference in the world.

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

~Mother Teresa

If I haven’t inspired you, maybe Kat Edmonson will. Here’s “Be the Change” for Song of the Week:

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@bluenotebacker November 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

Great message, Kelly. Here’s hoping it’s something people can embrace and live out.

When O won the last election, Change was a big part of his message then as well. Unfortunately too many people fail too often to realize that change can take time, and they labeled his efforts as failed.

Change also takes action, as you’ve so gracefully said here today. Looking forward to changing it up, regardless of the election results.
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Naked Girl in a Dress November 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

I am too, Sean. The energy put into battling over politics on Facebook could be channeled in a more positive way these next four years.

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Sam D'Amico November 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Kelly,
Did you mean Tuesday, Nov. 6, election day?

“Don’t wait four more years, seeing the process of voting as your contribution to change. Do something. Take your passion off the internet next Wednesday, and make a difference in the world.”

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Naked Girl in a Dress November 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Ah, I see the confusion. My thought is Wednesday, the day after the election, people should start looking for ways to make a change. Nothing left to do regarding the election at that point.

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Louise Ducote November 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Beautifully stated, Kelly! I can’t wait until this election is over so I can enjoy FB again and speak to my parents (Romney-lovers) without tension.
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Naked Girl in a Dress November 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

This is such a heated election. I completely understand. Last week I had to walk away from a conversation for fear what I would say.

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Brook L. Dame November 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Awesome!
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Naked Girl in a Dress November 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I am glad you like the post, Brook! I feel like you are the change with what you do each day at BNV. You are trying to make something happen on a larger scale.

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Hey Monkey Butt November 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I managed to drag myself into the early voting. There are so many ways we can be the change, we shouldn’t stop with just voting!
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Naked Girl in a Dress November 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Agreed!

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Jenni Chiu @ MommyNaniBooboo November 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I haven’t heard that phrase in a while. Thanks for the reminder.
Unrelated- Two days down. Twenty eight more to go! #NaBloPoMo
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Naked Girl in a Dress November 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Yesterday I wrote “Be the Change” and the post for Saturday! It’s going well so far. I am off to read your last two posts now.

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Leah @ The Miracle Journal November 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

This post got me thinking when I read it the other day…and it got me to pull out a piece of writing I did a while back and post it on the Miracle Journal. Thanks! :-) http://www.themiraclejournal.com/2012/11/04/voting-for-a-clean-mind/
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Naked Girl in a Dress November 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

I read your piece. It was a great post on perspective. It can be applied to any part of our lives.

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