“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot lately. The phrase is used repeatedly in our culture – on billboards, in magazines, at political rallies, and in places of learning.
But the truth is that I never tire of hearing it. No matter how many times I read it or hear it, it speaks to me.
Kind of like 1 Corinthians 13.
The poetry of that piece dazzles me:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…”
I actually memorized that entire chapter in college and recited it as part of a presentation that I did in a Literature class about the various depictions of love in classic literary works. I remember the words rolling off of my tongue, the utter silence in the room as the lovely lyrics filled the room to the brim. Bible believer or not, those words are spellbinding.
Especially the last line: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Maybe I should memorize it again – and recite it to another captive audience that I have these days – 2 smart, sensible, spontaneous, and stunning little girls (see right).
More importantly, I need to focus on living those words. What does it mean – in real time – to protect, to trust, to hope, to persevere? What does it mean to “be the change”? How can I let those words seep into my heart, my hands, my life?
Those are the questions I want to explore this weekend. Sure, there will be product reviews and giveaways as usual (including one EXTRA special giveaway). But there will also be plenty of opportunities to discuss kindness, to brainstorm strategies to help others. Won’t you join me as I strive with all my might to be the change, be the good, be the hope, be the…love…that I wish to see in the world?