Monday, October 1, 2012
Be the Change
A few months ago I introduced the Breathe-Relax-Aim-Sight-Squeeze concept that I
adapted from my days at Army Basic Training to center myself. Well, in the midst of the presidential campaign, the economic ups and downs, the dismal effort put forth by our elected officials, we must continue to create balance in out own lives. We do this by knowing where to place our hope. It is certainly not in politics. I truly vote my conscience so the reference to hope is NOT an underlying political message of any sort. My hope is in God. It is that simple. I have begun a daily mantra: I will not be moved by circumstances. My pastor just preached a sermon that put a renewed fire in belly. He talked about the change that one person can make by keeping the faith and allowing their faith to shine through in their actions no matter the circumstance.
I work as a Federal Government employee and this time of year is always the most stressful (change of fiscal year); especially with a Congress that has not passed a budget in three years. There have been talks of personnel reductions, hiring freezes, and we have not gotten pay raises for two years. The tensions are running high and most people are allowing the uncertainly to dictate their actions. But I have resigned myself to be the atmosphere regulator for my office. There are many things that are out of our control, but we can control how we talk to one another, how do our jobs, and how we choose to see our circumstance.
In essence, we must be the change. This again, is NOT a campaign slogan it is the only way to guarantee you live a life of substance and purpose. Be the change you want to see. You may not see it but seeds you plant will manifest. So as long as most people think that it is someone else's responsibility or that it is not your problem, those seeds continue to manifest our culture of apathy. Be the change! The most courageous thing one can do is take a stand. I am singing,
My Hope is in You God
I am steadfast
I will not be moved
I'm Anchored, Never shaken
All my hope is in You
I encourage you to find your inner strength and become the you want to see. Little by little we can change the world around us.