Be the Change

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Thought for the Week

The phrase “be the change you want to see” has been attributed to many people. But in one form or another it’s been around for as long as anyone can remember. Why? Because its message is timeless: Leading by example isn’t simply the best way to produce positive results…

It’s the only way.

“How can you say, ‘Friend, let me take that speck out of your eye,’ while ignoring the log in your own? Stop pretending you’re something you’re not!* Remove the log from your own eye, and then you’ll see clearly to remove the speck from your friend’s eye.” ~Luke 6:42 (paraphrased)

       “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” ~Socrates

“Do not be angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” ~Thomas á Kempis

     “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~Carl Jung

“Forgive the inexcusable—because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” ~C.S. Lewis

And remember:

“Sometimes people with the worst pasts end up creating the best futures.” ~Unknown

*Note: Jesus used the Greek word for “actor”

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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20 Responses to Be the Change

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    Thank you, Mitch. This is a beautiful post (as are the quotes). I try to remind myself of this each day. Blessings to you and yours.

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  2. frenchc1955 says:

    Mitch, thank you for these quotations!

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  3. numrhood says:

    luke 6:17 old things are retired
    every gift is from above

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  4. I’ve had occasion of late to quote the Luke verse. Ahem.

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  5. A thoughtful curation of quotes with a powerful message. Thank you for this reminder.

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  6. A powerful selection of quotes. Thanks for sharing them.

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  7. boromax says:

    These are excellent quotes, and so important for us to grasp what needs to be addressed in our own hearts, minds, lives, behaviors. Thank you, Mitch.

    [[ I know I am being pitifully picky, but… regarding your footnote: as far as we know, Jesus did not use Greek; he most likely used Aramaic. So, Luke (or possibly whoever translated Luke’s ‘gospel’ into the Greek we know about) used the Greek word for ‘actor,’ not Jesus. Sorry. I am sometimes a stickler for linguistic accuracy. It was my actual job for a lot of years. ]]

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  8. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    I especially love the last quote that those who have the worst pasts make the best futures. Love it. So true for all of us Pauls in the family.

    Have a great weekend.


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  9. apenlady says:

    The one about “being the change you want to see…” is something I say often online and to my kids. For me it goes along with ‘actions speak louder than words.’

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