Be the Change

Yesterday was a really cool day for me, as Sarah McLachlan replied to a question that I asked her on a Twitter chat she was hosting.

I thanked her for the reply, and also dropped a link to something that I hoped she would take the time to read.

It’s tragic when I think of all of the people who have helped me, or who I’ve learned from, that I’ve failed to share the impact they’ve had on my life.

While I honestly don’t think she has the time to read what I wrote, I wanted to make the effort anyway. It made me feel good to reach out.

In her reply, Sarah mentioned her favorite quote was:

Be the change you want to see in the world.

It turns out there is no reliable documentary evidence for who originally said it, but it’s supposedly a derivative of words Mahatma Gandhi once spoke.

Regardless of its origin, I find a tremendous amount of truth within those words. They are encouraging, and challenging, in the same breath.

When you see something that you don’t like, or that needs to be fixed …

Be the change.

Don’t sit around waiting for somebody else to do the work that you want to see. It’s possible you might be waiting a very long time, if not forever.

When I created Unfiltered, I did so because I wanted to take action.

Unfiltered was never about me — it was about authenticity, and that is something that affects each and every one of us.

It was my way of fixing a problem that I think exists within a lot of us.

So I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands.

I want to lead by example, and to be the change.

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