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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 12:00 am

"If you change yourself, you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change."

-Mahatma Gandhi.

It's hard to watch the news these days without hearing about protests and revolutions. Although hearing about these types of history-in-the-making events is exciting, one type of revolution that often gets overlooked is the revolution of oneself.

Do you have a list of things you want to work on about yourself, but never gave it a try? If you're anything like me, you do, and you may get discouraged sometimes.

Try to find inspiration in people all around the world, who had reasons to be dissatisfied and found the courage to do something to improve themselves, and the world.

Take the Egyptian revolution as a prime example of this statement. How did a country manage to make its dictator of more than three decades step down? The protest was just a simple idea, sparked by conscious youth on a Facebook page.

Revolutionary changes do not necessarily come from giant leaps, but they come from small, consistent steps toward a goal. The recent protests in our very own nation are not much different.

In mid-September, the Occupy Wall Street protests began when a small group of people were fed up with their situation and decided to have their voices heard. What started out as a protest in New York has swept the entire nation. The protests shook people; it caused them to think and challenge the status quo.

Even historically, small steps have made big changes. What would the world be like if Rosa Parks gave in and sat at the back of the bus that day? What would have happened if Cesar Chavez didn't fight for fair wages for farmers? These are just two examples of the many people throughout history who were dissatisfied and made the first step.

Often times, we hear stories about great people and their achievements and feel as though we don't compare. However we all have to start somewhere. Simple modifications from the way you eat, speak, dress, think and view the world can be made everyday. It all starts with the first step.

But after the first step, keep moving. Although changing yourself is difficult, it is important to remember that change is not measured by how far you go or how fast. When you make the decision to change, remember to never stop.

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1 comment:

  • Arafat posted at 3:47 pm on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

    Arafat Posts: 27

    It is worth noting, I think, that the Egyptian Revolution appears to be heading towards an Islamist government not any differently than what happened in Iran in 1979.

    Thirty-plus years later Iran is in far worse shape than it was when the Shah was in power and if one looks at the history of Islamic theocratic rule it's a pretty easy guess that the same will happen in Egypt/


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