"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Be the change

Weekly writing assignment from Mama Kat: What is your life's anthem? You know...that song that is ALWAYS in your head. The one you'd go to sing first if someone told you to sing a song right NOW. What is it and what does it mean to you?

This is tough. I have songs for pretty much everything – and like my moods, they change daily. I couldn’t possibly pick one and call it my life’s anthem. That’s just not fair to all of the other perfectly good songs out there.

But I will share today’s song with you. Today has been one of those reflective days for me. Maybe I’m thinking too much, or maybe I’m just not getting enough sleep, but it seems like a lot of people out there want radical changes. For our world, our country, our way of life. But instead of actively trying to make a difference, most people sit around and wait for someone else to do something for them.

That’s why today’s song is “Be the change” by Corey Smith:

Open your eyes up people, and take a good look around,
Catch the tears fillin’ up all those cracks in the ground.
Turn off your televisions; leave your picture perfect neighborhoods,
A lot of folks out there ain’t doing so good.

Too many of us left out in the cold…
No invitations given, no welcome mats unrolled.

But you can be the change you wanna see.
Be the hope to those whose lives are far from easy.
Reach out and lend a hand, share everything you can,
And be the change. Be the change.

Carry the world on your shoulders, for a little while,
Put on someone else’s shoes, and walk a mile.
So many cups runneth over, while so many goin’ dry.
The grass ain’t always green on the other side.

There’s still a lot of work to be done.
A lot of wrongs to right, a lot of battles to be won.

If you can be the change you wanna see,
Be the hope to those who lives are far from easy.
Reach out and lend a hand, share everything you can,
And be the change. Be the change.

Reach out and lend a hand, share everything you can,
And be the change. Be the change.

I love this – the whole idea of it. It’s perfect. Corey has the right idea. We should all do our best to be the change we want to see.

So how ‘bout it? Why don’t we quit waiting on someone else to make a difference and just step up to the plate?

America's Next Top Mommy has some excellent ideas on how to do just that. Go here if you need help finding ways to get involved. And if that's not enough to keep you busy, check out Be the Change, International.


Trudy said...

Wow, I'm going to have to check that song out...beautiful lyrics. I love that you included the link too...I'll have to go back to check that out.

Awesome post Heather!

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Diane said...

GREAT post, darlin'! I love the idea of 'quit yer bitchin' and DO somethin' about it!' I've been looking into ways here to get involved in different things... I'll check out your link now!

Missy said...

Great song! Great post!

Jessica said...

I don't think I can comment on this actual post bc like you.. there are just too many songs. Although, I'm not ashamed to say that the one rolling through my mind all day has been a little something about a poker face. Non Stop.
I do have to say that the comment you left on mine made my day. I was lol'ing. I should have known that the one person who could have compared with me would have been you!

Dan said...

Great song! Although the problem is not usually how to get involved, but how to avoid being swamped with involvement.

Dan Felstead said...

Not familiar with the song but the lyrics are convicting. I'm off to download now.

Thanks for the post...


septembermom said...

Love those lyrics. Terrific post, Heather. I'm going to try and take your advice about making things happen. Thanks for the links too.

Kim said...

I'd never heard of this song before but the lyrics are wonderful. I would have a really hard time narrowing it down to one song too.

For a while back in the late 90s I really liked that Greenday song Good riddance about the passing of time.

It's raining here and I can totally relate to your mood. I'm trying to be peaceful and not overthink every little thing. I tend to be sensitive.

Jenners said...

What great thoughts!!! I love that you have such a positive anthem...I think mine would be more along the lines of "I"m Tired and I Need A Nap" (composer: Me).