1,000 Blog Posts. Thank You.

782884_90814676This is my one thousandth blog post on Change By Doing. That kind of hurts my head. It’s not a huge number for staffed blogs that have enormous international reach, but for me, as a one-man band, I’m not mad at that.

Thank you for reading. Thank you to those who have reached out and told me of actions they have taken in the world of volunteering and being of service. Thank you for the work you are doing, and for, at least occasionally, having priorities that intersect with mine. Thank you for disagreeing and showing me new perspectives. Going forward, I hope you’ll always feel welcome to interact, breathe more life into the conversation, ask questions, make requests, comment, and participate.

I’ve had remarkable opportunities to open some new dialogues with folks out there truly making a difference, and thus dial back to the place of finding ways to express my own stand. I’m always happy to grab nuggets from others that say the things I want to say, and here is one: from Timber Hawkeye and the website Buddhist Boot Camp. While his every word is not exactly from the same place where I am, this is very much the way I’ve felt of late:

I’m not against Monsanto, I’m pro-organic food. (Calm down.. keep reading! LOL). I’m not angry at meat-eaters, I choose to be vegan. I’m not against men and women getting married, but I see no reason why two women or men shouldn’t marry one another as well. You see, instead of bashing what I hate, I promote what I love instead. I don’t think large corporations are evil, I just try to support local businesses whenever I can. It’s that simple. I choose to operate from a place of love, not hate (it’s better for my health).

We’re not all activists in the rioting sense of the word, but we all vote with our wallets. We decide which companies get to stay in business and which do not. For example: Grocery stores in Hawaii will continue to sell mangoes that are imported from Ecuador (even though mangoes grow right there on the islands), so long as people in Hawaii keep buying those mangoes from Ecuador. It’s that simple.

It’s been said that anger is a good motivator to “do the right thing”, but so is compassion. Anger can sometimes blind us in our actions to a point where we’re so busy protesting AGAINST something (thereby giving it more energy and attention), that we’re actually disturbing the peace (not just around us, but within).

I’ve been accused of sticking my head in the mud to avoid seeing the injustice in the world, but my eyes are actually wide open… That’s why I can see the beauty in the world as well.

As Mother Teresa said, “If you invite me to an anti-war rally I won’t go. But if you invite me to a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there!”

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Harry on January 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Keep on walking and watch The Path unfold. A milestone worthy of pause and celebration…Congrats.


  2. Posted by Anonymous on January 15, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Reminds me of the sayings “where energy goes, energy flows” & ” what you resist, persists”.


  3. Hello and first let me felicitate for your 1000 blog post. I really wish I will one day achieve this number. I took this time to comment because I love what you write on your paragraphe about not shouting what you hate but promoting what you like. It is exactly how I started to write in my life, and what I always tried to do in my every day life, do what I like (wheneverr is possible of course life is not always fun and enjoy) and think about and write about only good, pleasant subject or things I believe in.

    Good luck for everything!


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