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Be The Change You Wish To See August 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Magick & Mystery.

Gandhi said, You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

If you want a more loving world, be more loving

If you desire more joy, share joy with others. 

If you want to be happier, choose to be happier

If you desire more understanding, be more understanding.

At every moment, we have a choice.  We can look for the negatives and we will see them.  Or . . . we can look for the positives. 

It’s a choice made as one moment unfolds to the next. 

We can turn negative vibrations into a positive energy by choosing to view the situation differently. 

A basement flood might be an opportunity to clear clutter.

A nasty comment tossed in our direction might be chance to learn patience or practice forgiveness.

A mistake might be a reminder to make peace with imperfection.

If you feel the world is overdue for a change, start with yourself. 

Start NOW. 

Develop an attitude of gratitude for all the blessings in your life and enjoy a:  Spectacular Sunday * Marvelous Monday * Terrific Tuesday * Wonderful Wednesday * Tremendous Thursday * Fabulous Friday * Superb Saturday

Quote:  It is only possible to live happily ever after on a moment-to-moment basis. ~  Margaret Bonnano

Related posts:  How To Be Happy NOW * 5 Steps To A Happier You * God Works In Mysterious Ways * 5 Ways to Make Work More Fun * Daily “Huh?”


1. Patricia - August 29, 2010

Yep, we are given life–how well we live it is our choice. The wise choose to live the positive life and share all they have been given to those who choose to receive it…

nrhatch - August 29, 2010

Well said, Patricia.

When we are happier, we want to share what we’ve learned about happiness with others.


2. Loreen Lee - August 29, 2010

Wanted to give you a clip, but don’t know how to give ‘link’. -About a man who lives without money for a year. I’m sure you’ll see it, especially if alerted to the news event. He says in the book he has written that he styles himself after the Gandhi quote that is the theme of this post. Hope you find it.

nrhatch - August 29, 2010

Loreen ~

Doing links is pretty easy, and a skill worth having in this cyber world:

* Open the page with the article
* Use your mouse to copy the address (URL) by highlighting the address, then hitting Ctrl C (or Edit -> Copy)
* Then past the link where you want it by hitting Ctrl V (or Edit -> Paste)

That said, I’ll see if I can find the clip.

3. Loreen Lee - August 29, 2010

Man has lived entirely without money since 2008

I did as you said, which is what I did the first time. Please note though that the ‘color’ is gone, so I’m not sure that when you press the ‘link’ that you will get the news report including the excellent video. After I submit this I will test, but I’m no optimistic.

nrhatch - August 29, 2010

I don’t see a link in your comment.

It vanished.

But I did find several articles on the guy ~ he lives in a trailer (he got for FREE on FREEcycle) on an organic farm where he works 3 days a week in exchange for food.

His lifestyle reminds me of the series of articles I did on No Impact Man around Earth Day this past April … extreme changes in lifestyle followed by the release of A BOOK!

4. Loreen Lee - August 29, 2010

Here’s the first couple of paragraphs; gives main details in hope that you can find it. You can always delete this.
If a serious person puts their money where their mouth is then Mark Boyle is the world’s most serious man.

Inspired by Gandhi’s famous words to be the change you wish to see in the world, the economics graduate from the U.K. has been living entirely without money since 2008.

He has written a book about the experience titled ‘The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living’ in order to share both the philosophy which led to his drastic decision and the tactics he has used to survive.

nrhatch - August 29, 2010

I found several articles and a video on him. Thanks for the tip.

Some of the things he’s doing are great, but others make little sense.

For example, he goes dumpster diving for food but he makes his own paper from mushrooms. Why not just ask for used paper from friends and businesses and use the other side? ; )

Likewise, he uses bonefish and fennel to brush his teeth, but he uses old newspaper as toilet paper. He barters for other things, why not just barter for some toothpaste? ; )

It will be interesting to see how the book sells … and whether he will accept the proceeds. : )

Thanks again for the tip.

Loreen Lee - August 29, 2010

I too was a little ‘skeptical’ of motivation, especially with respect to the book. But interesting.

nrhatch - August 29, 2010

I see what you’re doing . . . you’re highlighting the TITLE of the article, not the ADDRESS of the article.

Here’s the address (URL) that you wanted to cut and paste:


Here’s the address (URL) of this page:


Look on your screen to see where the address for THIS page is. When you find it, THAT’S the URL line to use when you want to copy and paste links to share.

Hope that helps.

5. amy - August 29, 2010

It’s nice to hear such a positive attitude 🙂

nrhatch - August 29, 2010

Right back atcha, Amy!

I look forward to reading more of your blog.

6. cindy - August 30, 2010

Love the Bonnano quote!

nrhatch - August 30, 2010

Me too! We live life in the moment by moment unfolding, or we miss it.

7. Loreen Lee - August 30, 2010

Just testing whether I am on the ‘right path’ Thanks for your ‘guidance’. (It’s ‘Christian’ but you might enjoy, because the spirit IS within) (‘link’ is still not colored. So I may still not be doing it right. But that’s OK. Thanks again for your help)

nrhatch - August 30, 2010

You got it! The link worked great and the video made me smile ~ always a good way to start the day:

Sugar, Sugar
Lean On Me
Start Me Up
Who, Who Let the dogs out
I am a rock, I am an island
Bad to the Bones

Halleluiah! Halleluiah! Halleluiah!: )

Glad to help get you back “on path.”

Loreen Lee - August 30, 2010

It would have been even ‘nicer’ on today’s morning blog about the dog and heaven. “Who Who Will Let the dogs ‘in’? grin grin. I’m not leaving ‘philosophy’. by the way. Reading Kant on the ‘Kingdom of Ends’ for instance. ‘What is’ is ‘how it is interpreted’? I just believe in travelling many paths, because I have discovered that ‘the longest way round is often the ‘straightest’ way home’. Take care. (I also still place freedom and ‘truth’ ahead of happiness as the metaphysical quest.)

nrhatch - August 30, 2010

To me, there is a unity.

When we access peace and happiness within, we reclaim our freedom and see the truth.

8. Naomi - August 30, 2010

Love it, Nancy – thanks for the reminder, also of that brilliant quote.

nrhatch - August 30, 2010

Thanks, Naomi.

An upbeat attitude and gentleness (like yours) = the change we need to see in the world. : )

9. Christina Cronk - September 1, 2010

I love how you used the image of Tigger- a bouncy, cheery, optimistic lovabale creature. What a perfect match for the content of your post!

nrhatch - September 1, 2010

Thanks, Christina. Tigger is my hero.

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