Change

Change is defined as making the form, nature, content, future course… something different from what it would be if it was left alone.

Change is a mixed bag for me. There are types of change I love: the seasons passing, moving house and knitting. Taking a simple skein of yarn and turning it into something else is magic to me. It is giving that simple wooly string its full potential.

We haven’t moved house in nearly 25 years. The Husband who I think has a full on case of wanderlust spends time researching places of interest to him because if I gave the nod we’d move tomorrow and next week and a month after that. What I love about moving is the setting up of the new home. I can satisfy that feeling by rearranging my cabinets or moving the bed to the other side of the room. For now we’re here and the wanderlust will have to be virtual.

The kind of change I’m really bad at is the people kind. When I was a kid I wasn’t a great student. I struggled with reading which just makes learning more difficult. Even though school wasn’t where I wanted to be I still disliked the school year ending because it meant I’d have a new teacher and a different mix of classmates. When my children were young I was proud of them as they moved from stage to stage but I missed the familiar things like them reaching out to hold my hand when crossing the street or coming home excited to tell me about their day at school. The people part of change is hard for me.

As I look out into the world I see changes that I do not like. Too many people are self serving. They use cruelty to get their way. They look to their fellow human beings as a thing to manipulate for their own ends. They don’t allow opinions other than their own. Leaders divide their people into factions and work them against each other. Others use portions of their population as virtual slaves.

As a member of the human race I want kindness to be the way. I want leaders to treat their people fairly and with dignity. I want everyone to wish their friends and enemies the best. We can disagree and still get along. Compromise should be the way not intimidation. Honesty should be the norm not a pleasant surprise. The words used should be the words meant.

I believe if we be the change we want to see in the world we can make a difference. If we call out bad behavior we can stop it. If we expect more from people they will bring it. If we don’t tolerate leaders taking advantage of their people we can hold them accountable for their transgressions. If we bring kindness and forgiveness it will return to the norm.

Will you join me? Will you call people out when they behave badly? Will you make wise shopping decisions to avoid rewarding companies who treat their worker’s cruelly? Will you help me be the change you want to see in the world? If we don’t do it who will.

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18 Responses to Change

  1. Kellie says:

    Great positive post ❤️ I’ve definitely been making different decisions on my purchasing, supporting local first. Very small but something 👍

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  2. I wholeheartedly agree with you. We’ve been avoiding certain companies for some years now, and choose independents or local whenever we can.

    And “kind” is so much better than “right”, although honesty is always important too. But I guess we’re not talking about kindness versus honesty here, we’re talking about outright lies and selfish cruelty?

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  3. ReginaMary says:

    Count me in girl! I am changing many of my shopping habits lately. I am trying to purchase items directly from the vendor rather than through other much larger sites. I am learning that waiting a week for something is satisfying than if I received it the next day.
    My daddy taught me about influence when I was very young. He told me there are 3 manners of influence when we encounter someone in our day. We can walk away from the encounter neutral-just as we were before, we can elevate people to a better place, or we can bring them down. “God help the person who brings down the soul of another.” I could cry just writing this because it fills me with such love for him. He is the greatest man I have ever met. (sorry…getting a little mushy)

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  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Change- I like the idea of shopping local and small, but not at the expense of bad customer service- I won’t shop local for the sake of it. I tried very hard in 2020 to stay local but I found several business owners cared only for themselves- those I have dropped. I have now gone the way of internet shopping- I really tried to keep the local shops going, but the experience was unpleasant in some cases and they deserve to go out of business.

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  5. randomlyerin says:

    We have a list of companies we don’t support, restaurants we won’t go to, because their business practices are not ones we condone. My philosophy has long been that I will treat others with kindness because I hope that’s how they’ll treat me, and I firmly believe in modeling the behavior you want to encourage. So yes, I’m with you, 100%. ❤

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  6. I’ve been fighting what I call the “Nike battle” since I was a grad student and had to do a long paper on their business practices. I’m told they’ve cleaned up their act since then but I kinda don’t believe it. I’m trying very hard to only buy stuff not made in China – I will not support that regime if I can avoid it.

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  7. chrisknits says:

    I have stopped buying things made in China when I can, but electronics, what do you do? I am bad in that I don’t want to shell out a lot of dollars on clothing, I guess because my degree is in the Fashion industry and I worked retail too many years. I know how cheaply some things are made and the cost is multiplied to the nth degree to get the list price. But I will not bat an eye at the price on most yarns or fabric. LOL! Right now, it’s trying to be less of a consumer and more careful in what and where I buy. Local is the preference, I only buy from Amazon when I cannot find it local.

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    I am with you 100%, we need to treat others as we would like to be treated, but not ignore bad behavior.

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  9. I love your post and agree that there needs to be more kindness in the world, and know that I am responsible for doing my part in that as well! I do buy as ethically as I can and will keep working to do so. With you on that 100%!
    I have to admit though, I am not great at calling people out, even when they are behaving very badly indeed. So I’m probably not going to do much of that, though I will judge them quietly and possibly apply a little bit of the stink eye.

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    • I don’t think we have to call anyone out publicly or to their face. There are ways to subtly to it. If I don’t like the way I’m treated in a shop or restaurant I don’t shop their any more. If I don’t like the way a so called friend or family member treats me I limit my contact with them.

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  10. sewadilly says:

    I agree!!

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