Be the Change You Want to See in the World

Be the Change You Want to See in the World

One of the most powerful quotations which I have always liked to share is by Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the Change that you want to see in the world.” The wisdom in the quotation is timeless; it is as applicable today as it was in the time of Gandhi when he uttered those words.

In a world where the only constant is change, we have always been talking about changing the world and people around us. However, not all have realised that for change to take place, they must first change themselves. Do not seek without what we can find within. If we start out with the perception to change the world, then we would fail badly. But if we start by changing ourselves, the change in the world would come naturally and inevitable.

In the short film which I am sharing with you, the boy may not know the above quotation by Gandhi or wouldn’t know that he was applying what Gandhi mentioned about being the change. It was a natural instinct that we often see in children; the ability to see things in a simple manner. We adults often complicate things while trying to come out with the best solution. He started out to be the change and in the process, he inspired others to follow suit.

Starting to be the change we want to see in the world, we would also inspire change in the world which comes from within each individual. Children are our best hope of positively influencing the world to love and care for each other. To put aside differences and to focus on the similarities. Before that, we are still the prime influencing force affecting not only our children but the future of the world that they will be living in.

We must be the change we want to see in the world.

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25 thoughts on “Be the Change You Want to See in the World

  1. jacqueline

    Dearest BK, this is so inspirational and i love the short film…it made me teary! Loving that the wisdom in that quotation lots too and i totally agree that changes always come from within individual first. Little ones are indeed our inspiration of positive influence. We can really learn so much from them! This is just lovely! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!
    .-= jacqueline´s last blog ..lolly in my studio =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Jacqueline, you are right, we have much to learn from little ones. It is indeed an inspiration and further convinced me that change must first start within ourselves. And with that, we can go on to inspire change in others. It furthers strengthen my belief that we can start a new future today by our younger ones; they are our hopes for a better future. However, the fundamental change must still come from us — leading by example.

  2. One of The Guys

    I absolutely LOVED THAT VIDEO!! Thanks for sharing. A great message.

    My father was from India, so I always feel connected to it even though I’ve only been there once.

    Have a great day.
    .-= One of The Guys´s last blog ..Coffee saved me =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ One of the Guys, I know, I loved the short film too. When I first saw it, I knew I want to share it. It reflects what I believe in that we must be the change we want to see in the world and we will inspire others in the process too.

  3. Tracy

    One of my all-time favorite quotes and daily sources of inspiration… I try in small ways to be the change. And children are definitely ones we can learn from. Loved this video, BK. Happy Day ((HUGS))

  4. Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point

    I have this quote included in my e-mail signature. It’s a simple plea and one we’re each capable of practicing in the wya we go about our business, in the way we treat others and ourselves, in the way we treat the world. It’s so much better than complaining, truly.

    And I love that video! Sometimes, all it takes is one person, even a child, to be the change.

    Thanks, BK.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Belinda, yes it is a simple plea for one to start changing oneself. And you are right that sometimes all it takes is one person, even a child, to be the change. One need to be receptive to change too.

      @ Mark, I agree with you that the video is a clear illustration that change starts from within individual.

      @ Jude, thank you for sharing that verse.

      @ Fatima, I hope too that it can inspire change in individual to be the change they want to see in the world.

      @ Shelle, indeed, when we look at the whole world, it may be quite disheartening and one may ask, “What is the point of changing ourselves when others don’t even bother?” Just like the previous post on “No texting while driving please,” some comments mentioned that there are still people doing that. If we do not do something to initiate the change, then probably there may never be a change. Someone will have to do it.

      @ Housewife, nothing worth doing is ever easy. We always have a choice.

  5. Jenny Ann Fraser

    I find that focusing on that quote by Ghandi helps me to deal with the anger I feel sometimes at all that people aren’t doing.
    I try to turn that anger and frustration into useful energy by reminding myself that I cannot change anyone, and asking “what can I do better?”.
    Thanks BK. Beautiful video. I know I’ll want to watch that again.
    .-= Jenny Ann Fraser´s last blog ..Mistakes Are Lessons and Lessons Are Gifts =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Jenny, I absolutely agree with you that we cannot change anyone but we certainly can ask, “What can I do better?” When we ask ourselves that question, suddenly there seem to be much more we can do.

      @ Jacqueline, wishing you a lovely merry happy mother’s day weekend and love to you and yours too.

      @ Pam, I not only hope that this can sink into your kids but also in as many people as possible.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Hilary, yes, this is uplifting indeed. Have a great weekend too.

      @ Gabriele, I agree with you, the message and the music are very appealing indeed.