Be the Change

Be The Change You Wish To See

Be the Change
by M. Gatlianne
Originally published in  OM Times Magazine on February 14, 2012

Realize that if you are the change you wish to see, that you are fighting against the current and that you will often fall.

You must get up and keep going. Change does not come easily, even to those who want it. You must be an advocate, an inspiration, a model. You must be willing to take the hurt, the pain and the knocks. You must sacrifice for the greater good. You must be willing to make your path, the path for everyone to follow. You must lose your ego and give your love. You must trust that you are right in your endeavor.

You will be tired; you will be hurt; you will feel much pain – but the joy of seeing loving change in one person’s eyes will override all the misery you may have felt.

The big picture will sometimes become blurred – you will falter, you will stumble along your path. You will wonder if your fight is worth the agony – it will be. Do good – strive to help others – strive to show others they can do good as well.

  • Learn self-sacrifice. Put others before you. Make your life something to be proud of, something to stand for, something good and full of love.
  • Recognize your faults – learn from them.
  • Teach – listen to what you teach; we often teach what we most need to learn.
  • Love – be love.
  • Know you can always be better and you will always have more to learn.
  • Never back down.
  • Lead and hope, but do not expect, that others will follow.
  • Never use force.

What would have happened if the greats had stopped … if they’d gotten tired and given up?

  • Jesus
  • Ghandi
  • Mother Teresa
  • Buddha
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where would we be if they had given up on us?

What will the world become if we give up on it?

©2012 M Gatlianne – From Freedom is a Feather: Words for Change
Originally published in  OM Times Magazine on February 14, 2012
Source: OM Times Magazine


     Edgar Guest – Journalist, Poet

I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.
I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself
and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know
the kind of person I really am,
I don’t want to dress up myself in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
but here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.

by Edgar Guest

A Happy Man’s Creed

I have found happiness by helping others to find it.

I have sound physical health because I live temperately in all things, and eat only the foods which Nature requires for body maintenance.

I am free from fear in all of its forms.

I hate no man, envy no man, but love all mankind.

I am engaged in a labor of love with which I mix play generously. Therefore I never grow tired.

I give thanks daily, not for more riches, but for wisdom with which to recognize, embrace and properly use the great abundance of riches I now have at my command.

I speak no name save only to honor it.

I ask no favors of anyone except the privilege of sharing my riches with all who will receive them.

I am on good terms with my conscience. Therefore it guides me correctly in all that I do.

I have no enemies because I injure no man for any cause, but I benefit all with whom I come into contact by teaching them the way to enduring riches.

I have more material wealth than I need because I am free from greed and covet only the material things I can use while I live.

I own a great estate which is not taxable because it exists mainly in my own mind in intangible riches which cannot be assessed or appropriated except by those who adopt my way of life. I created this vast estate by observing Nature’s laws and adapting my habits to conform therewith.


A Happy Man’s Creed was written by Napoleon Hill and published in 1945 in his book “The Master Key to Riches.” Mr. Hill is the author of 12 books, of which “Think And Grow Rich” is the most widely known. Although “The Master Key to Riches” was written nearly 70 years ago, the value of “A Happy Man’s Creed” remains alive and well.

Above All Else…

Above All Else, Love One AnotherIf we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive.” —Betty Eadie

Take Off The Mask…

Assuring and inspiring words from Shervin Hojat, a modern-day man of wisdom.

 Inner Healing

Have you met the man who had a huge fortune
and always felt poor?

Have you met the man who could recite all the names of God
and never felt God in his heart?

Have you met the man who has read all the books on love
and never allowed love in his life?

Have you met the man who gave wonderful lectures on world peace
and never felt his peace within?

Have you met the man who fed the hungry
and never felt and fed his own hunger?

What is the value of a great book
if it cannot be internalized?

Path of heart is different from that of mind.

Mind pushes you to think, verbalize and do:
a human doing.

Heart pushes you to feel and be:
a human being.

Take off the mask!

Use the knowledge of your heart.
It never lies to you.

Feel, be alive and conscious
through your heart’s path.

“Inner Healing” Copyright @ 2011 by Shervin Hojat

Sing A Joyful Song

After the congregation finished a singing a hymn in a place of worship some years ago, a good friend of mine who was sitting behind me tapped me on the shoulder and whispered in my ear, “I didn’t know you couldn’t sing.” While I am definitely no songbird, he was just playing with me. We had a good, although quiet laugh, and he remains one of my very close friends. Oh, and I still sing …at least that’s what I call it.

This little verse about singing, reprinted in “The Joys Of Friendship” edited by Mary Allette Ayer, and published in 1905, is timeless. See if you agree.

If any little words of ours can make one life the brighter;
If any little song of ours can make one heart the lighter;
God help us speak the little word, and take our bit of singing,
And drop it in some lonely vale, and set the echoes ringing.
                                                                     —Author unknown.

Having a song to sing is important; singing it is therapeutic. That’s what Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz point out. Here’s what they say on their “Real Age” website:

5 Reasons Singing Is Good for Your Health
by Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

The YOU Docs love good music (one of us, Mehmet, cranks up Springsteen in the operating room; the other, Mike, is a huge fan of both classical piano and Frankie Valli). But when it comes to singing, we don’t care whether you’re first soprano in the church choir or you just belt out off-key oldies in the shower with the door locked. Bursting into song lifts your health in ways that surprise even us (and might make the cast of Glee America’s healthiest people). The benefits should get you singing out even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

1. Lowers your blood pressure. You may have heard the heartwarming news story about a woman in Boston whose blood pressure shot up just before knee-replacement surgery. When drugs alone weren’t enough, she began singing her favorite hymns, softly at first, then with more passion. Her blood pressure dropped enough for the procedure, which went off without a hitch. Now, we’re not suggesting you trade blood pressure treatments for a few verses of “Amazing Grace.” But try adding singing to your routine. It releases pent-up emotions, boosts relaxation, and reminds you of happy times, all of which help when stress and blood pressure spike.

 2. Boosts your “cuddle” hormone. Yep, oxytocin, the same hormone that bonds moms and new babies and that makes you and your partner feel extra close after a romp in the hay, also surges after you croon a tune with your peeps (your pals, not those marshmallow chicks!).

3. Allows you to breathe easier. If you or someone you know is coping with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), singing just twice a week could make breathing feel easier and life feel better. In fact, in England there are “singing for breathing” workshops. The benefits, said one person with the lung disease, “It makes me feel on top of the world . . . and it makes COPD a lot easier to live with.” Why wait for a workshop? Try crooning a tune or two on your own.

4. Helps you find serenity after cancer. Surviving cancer is a major milestone, but afterward, you still have to cope with the memories (tests, diagnosis, treatments) and quiet will-it-come-back worries. Vocalizing can help you blow off steam and stress. Turns out that singing actually calms the sympathetic nervous system (which tenses up when you do) and boosts activity in the parasympathetic nervous system (which makes you relax).

5. Rewires the brain after a stroke. Plenty of people who’ve survived a stroke but lost the ability to speak learn to communicate again by singing their thoughts. Singing activates areas on the right side of the brain, helping stroke survivors to take over the job of speaking when areas on the left side no longer function. Called melodic intonation therapy (MIT), it’s used in some stroke rehab programs, and insurance may cover it. Ask about it if someone you love has speech difficulties from a stroke.

That’s not all singing can do. It also helps everyday health, increasing immunity, reducing stress for new moms, quieting snoring, easing anxiety in ways that may also ease irritable bowel syndrome, and simply making you feel happier. That’s a great return on something you can do in a choir, in your car, with your kids, in the shower, or even (you knew we were heading here) in a glee club. Here’s how to put the “glee factor” to work for you:

Off-key? Squeaky? Tone-deaf? You may get more out of it! In one study, amateur singers felt a rush of joy after warbling, but trained professionals didn’t experience any extra elation from singing. Too bad for them, good news for us and for you. You don’t have to be good to feel the benefits!

Hymns? R&B? Hip-hop? It doesn’t matter. Just choose tunes that mean something to you. You’ll pour more heart into singing and conjure up good memories and healing feelings. You like almost everything? Songs that let you hold long notes tend to pack in more emotion, so “Summertime” by George Gershwin may work better than “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

Get the kids in on the act. Thanks to the TV show Glee, glee clubs (also called show choirs) are getting hot in schools across the United States and Canada. That’s great, because kids get a special set of benefits from musical expression, including better grades, less risky behavior, even higher SAT scores. Now those are good reasons for all the “gleeks” to belt out “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Here’s what a few others have to say about song:

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” —William James

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” —Plato

“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” —Ronald Reagan

“If you can’t or won’t sing, whistle. If you can’t or won’t whistle, hum. If you can’t or won’t hum, at least play the music in your head and smile.” —Paul Mark Sutherland

“A heart filled with song has no room for anger.” —Paul Mark Sutherland

I encourage you to sing your song or hum your tune. Not only will you end up feeling better yourself, but your song may “make one heart the lighter,” whether it’s idol worthy or not.

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Life Perceptions

Over the years, I have heard many people give their view of how they perceive life, or how life is to them. Most could be classified as one of three:

  1. Life is easy, just do your thing the way you want to do it.
  2. Life is difficult, there are so many rules and protocols.
  3. Life is an enigma, I’m clueless.

At times, I must admit, I have bounced from one to another. How about you? Can you succinctly state how you perceive life?

Here’s what Sai Baba of Shirdi had to say about it. His philosophy seems quite challenging, yet simple at the same time. Isn’t this true for much of life? Often life processes, when broken down, are quite simple …though not at all easy to accomplish. Maybe this will help.

Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a sacrifice, offer it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
………………….Sai Baba of Shirdi