Yes, I am talking about what Mahatma Gandhi once put into words and millions have echoed across the world quoting him ever since – a great truth, actually perhaps the most quintessential message that could ever get under one’s skull. Whether it’s Gandhi’s virtue to have recognized and first verbalized this, or you and I, anyone who has the willingness and the ability to drill deeper into life’s interconnected patterns, would have come to this both inescapable and liberating realization sooner or later – it is irrelevant.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”
will only come off the walls, leave the hypertext messaging of the virtual world and materialize in reality if not a handful of spiritual gurus, but we, the countless daughters and sons start enacting that change.
Of course there are as many courses to the change as many people wish to see the world differently. But don’t be disheartened by the inefficacy of such, for as humanity’s level of consciousness arises, desires for the future begin converging more and more, while differences will diminish to only those of nuances, like the matching shades of greens and browns of grass blades and stalks in a prairie.
I pinned this quote above my dorm bed in college, not only because it was fashionable to put something up on the dull wall covers, but because it truly touched my soul, it resonated with my sense of urgency to act. And even though the sentence hasn’t reincarnated in other forms on the walls of my different dwellings of those almost twenty years since, it stayed with me nonetheless, surfacing and resurfacing in my mind with variable intensities, but never leaving my subconscious.
It has been with me on the roadside not littering, but actually picking up the waste of others, expressing my sympathy and support for women and values feminine in character in positions where decision is made and I also thought of it today, in the middle of peeling apples next to my loving wife, for sauce, preserving patience that will nourish us in return so delightfully next winter.
I indeed feel like the change is part of myself/ourselves in the little family of three, that I am/we are the change, and it’s thrilling. It thrills me so much that I would not be willing to trade it for anything, not even if I could or if the change stopped with me/us.
The change however is a process, a lifelong one and it’s so much more rewarding to make it happen in company – I imagine.
Don’t you, at the other end of the line, have the same feeling?