Be the Change…

“We but mirror the world.  All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body.  If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.  As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.  This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Sad to say that in the past week I have unfollowed/unfriended a few people on social media who I once appreciated and deeply respected. It wasn’t their beliefs/opinions that put me off as much as it was the way they treated those who disagreed with them. These people who are professional, spiritual/religious adults seemed to take every opportunity to bait, bully and degrade other human beings. Often they were people who shared the same opinions as I do, but the way to get your opinions across is not to belittle, argue or name call. If you want to make a difference DO something. I may not post political posts or tout my beliefs on social media but I have been volunteering for a peace initiative for a few years now. I have put my energies where they can make a difference and have chosen to try to keep my feeds as positive as possible. I am not naive, I would just rather spend my time being focused on what I can change. I had been contemplating abandoning social media for a while but for me it is a connection to colleagues, family and friends whom I love and adore. This article  popped up in my feed and it seemed to be perfect timing. Hopefully others can gain something from it too ~

How To Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed By Your Newsfeed via AnnDouglas.net

Looking for ways to make a difference? Here are links to online worldwide volunteer community resources .

https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en ~ UNV Online Volunteering is a service by United Nations Volunteers that connects volunteers with organizations working for the betterment of human development around the world.

https://www.dosomething.org/ ~ DoSomething.org allows you to volunteer for various causes, from anywhere, at any time.

http://www.idealist.org/~ Idealist.org is a great search tool which allows you to search by location, focus area, schedule etc. for volunteer opportunities with a nonprofit focus.

http://www.volunteermatch.org/ ~ Volunteer Match links volunteers to virtual opportunities both at home and abroad.

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About BWitzenhausen

Writer, Editor, Creativity Coach, Artist, Amateur Photographer, Lover of Psychology/Neurology, Armchair Archaeologist, Palaeography Nut, Coffee Addict, Book Worm, Tea Lover & Hubby's Grossly Under-Paid Bass Roadie;)

Posted on January 31, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I second what has been said in this post. I may not agree with what others say but I respect their right to their opinion. That being said, if I sense that someone is abusive in any way to others, I will not follow them even if we have other things in common. That is my right. I chose to remain neutral and not share my opinions on politics – I have many – instead, I share about books, music, art, and the people who create them.

    Wishing everyone a positive one!

    • Exactly Lynn, I can respect that someone might have a differing opinion and most of the time I can check my ego and listen with hopes to understand their viewpoint. What I can’t stand is name calling and bullying people…it has become so distasteful and lowered my opinion of those who I actually admired at one point. I’m also of the view that if you care about a subject/problem try to do something positive and productive about it. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this, Belinda. I’m looking at Volunteer Match and there are some definite possibilities!

    Jo UK

    On 31 Jan 2017 19:38, “IgniteYourCreativity.net by Belinda Witzenhausen” wrote:

    > bwitzenhausen posted: “”We but mirror the world. All the tendencies > present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we > could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As > a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the ” >

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