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Becoming The Change You Want To See



What is change? Is it deviating away from something? Is it a chance to make things better, perhaps improve on a situation, with your own finishing touches? Is it finding a new path that has yet to be taken and to make your individual road, making a way for generations to come.

Is change something that we must believe in and put our trust in, or is it something we must act on to create it?

In life we must learn to accept change, both good and bad. And if it is something not good, as Mahatma Ghandi says, we must “Be that change you wish to see in the world.” We cannot prevent events from happening in the world, tragedies from taking place, the rain from falling or seasons from occurring. Change is inevitable

But it is the characteristics of change itself that reveals who we really are. Not if change is going to happen, but when it does happen, how to handle the situation.

Just like the mentioned seasons, a change may seem strange, unfamiliar, or even unwanted (who really wants a few feet of snow after coming out of a beautiful hot summer a few months prior.) But regardless, you may not be able to change what has happened, but you can change your reaction to the situation.

Time is another factor of change that cannot be stopped. No matter what people say or do, time will never cease. It is an ongoing cycle. People may try to slow it down and find ways to place a hold on time, but it is a changing factor that no man can end.

With the factor of time comes life. Life is a gift and also a huge example of change. From the moment we are born, through childhood to adulthood and old age, life is a constantly changing factor. In life, there are many situations that shape us into who we are. There are good events, that we appreciate and store in our mind for fond memories, and bad events we should learn to appreciate even more because we are taught a lesson through them. Regardless of such occurrences, life is always changing and through such change, we learn to grow.

And mentioning growth, just like a blossoming flower, growth is a sign of change. As the flower carefully battles the elements to grow, flourish and survive, it changes everyday.

Change is something that can affect all of us. It is something that can never be stopped. Sometimes you have to learn to accept change; other times, you can also be that change. And one of the quickest ways to change the world is to change yourself for the better. Change your thoughts, your mind, your ideas to those that are positive, uplifting and encouraging. This world has enough change that creates a negative outcome. Be that positive change in the world, and don’t wait for a situation to change; change the situation!

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
-Former President Barack Obama

About the Author

I am a writer, poet, coordinator, editor, print model, violinist, motivational speaker and published author. I published my first book when I was eight years old. I made my first television appearance on the world famous Apollo Theater, winning first place for the amateur category. I have spoken on CNN Person of the Day, Good Morning America, UPN, NBC and Nickelodeon. In 2002, I spoke at the McDonalds Gospelfest, an annual gospel music and talent festival. I recited a poem I wrote and won first place in the first ever Gospel Poetry Category contest. Along with being a speaker, I also enjoy writing poetry and books. As a writer, I've received the National Organization for Women (NOW) "Young Achiever's Award", the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE) Award in Excellence, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Award for Achievement, the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award given by Zeta Phi Beta, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. In 2005, my name was placed on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama, in honor of Rosa Parks' National Campaign for Tolerance. In 2007, I won Seventeen Magazine and Avon Make Your Mark Contest, where they chose one young lady from the country changing the world through her work. In 2013, I was featured in Long Island Woman. As a model, I've appeared in hair and beauty ads, trade shows, NYFW and Africa Fashion Week (AFWNY) and look-books. As a published author, my work has been featured in Scholastic, Ebony Magazine, Newsday, NY Times, Long Island Herald and other publications. I've completed an editorial internship with Conde Nast (Glamour Magazine). Currently, I'm working on my next book due out soon, and I work in Editorial Relations.

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