Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Gandhi

In front of the Indian Embassy, which I showed yesterday, is a small park with this beautiful statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi(1869-1948). I bring this up just because my favorite quote and one that is part of my username for blogger is by him:
'You must be the change you wish to see in the world'.
Gandhi was an important man in Indian and South African history, one for revolution through non-violence. He was for change (sound familiar to our recent election?).
I'm not going to get into politics here, but I think this is one of the most important affirmations I've ever read. I started my blog hoping to write about what was important to me. I wanted to be the change, albeit in a small way, that I wanted to see. I try to bring a bit of beauty to my blog everyday to share with whomever is interested in finding it. It may be a small goal, but it is the change I want to see in the world.
Everytime I've passed this statue, I've seen people relaxing and meditating in this small garden and wondered what changes they wish to see in the world. What changes would you like to see? Thanksgiving is a day set aside to think about things like this, so please don't forget while spending time with family and friends to also give some thought to small ways you can help attain your own goals. Thanks for letting me blab on here :-)

6 comments:

R.J. Gilmour said...

Stefan
It is a wonderful quote and truly a wonderful way to look at the world...
especially given some of the craziness of the world...
it is not always easy to achieve and sometimes can almost be Buddhist-like trying to occupy that place...
But what a great way to begin...

pve design said...

Thoughtful post today.
Life is all about choices!
A wonderful quote for today and the future.

Edi Style said...

Ah Ghandi! One of my favorite

Paul Pincus said...

truly beautiful post / quote! i loved / miss your be the change username : ) there is a really terrific book on gandhi i've been handing out as gift for years. it's titled gandhi: a photographic biography by peter rühe (phaidon) and is filled with hundreds of the most compelling images i've ever seen. if you're not familiar with the book already, you might enjoy! cheers.

ArchitectDesign said...

Paul, I'll have to look that up! I changed my username because it seemed to confuse people, they didn't know what to call me! I was trying to be cohesive with the 'architectdesign' name.

MIMILEE said...

Well said! Thanks for the reminder that I need to more aware of what I can do, even in the smallest ways,to effect change in someone's life. I want to be used by the Lord to make a difference!

Happy Thanksgiving!