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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    I totally agree with this! While no longer Christian, there is a song with the line "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me". I hope I am actually being the change(s) I want to see in the world. I have a long way to go, but I'm still very hopeful and believe that good does prevail!
    That’s not a Christian song. It was written for the UN in the 70s. I got totally sick of it as it was sung waaaayyy too often at the Catholic parish I attended growing up.

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    My favorite hymn, and I have it written into my funeral wishes, is "Morning Has Broken." Many people may think Cat Stevens wrote it, but it was a Christian hymn written in 1931 by Eleanor Farjeon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
    Thatís not a Christian song. It was written for the UN in the 70s. I got totally sick of it as it was sung waaaayyy too often at the Catholic parish I attended growing up.
    Wow! Good to know! I only ever heard it in church so made the wrong assumption it was religion-based. Thanks for the info!
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    I remember Eleanor Farjenon as a children's poet. I'll have to look her up now! And I love Let there be peace on earth...

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    I have two favorites that come to mind:
    I Want to Walk As a Child of the Light - Bing video
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    the wonderful Calvin Hampton's There's a Wideness in God's Mercy:
    Hymn: There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (Calvin Hampton) - Bing video

    We played that one at our wedding and at my mom's deathbed on the cellphone. So I guess it's on for my funeral, too.

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    Do we have to seek to create change in the world? Who is issuing that imperative?
    I am not a serious person.

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    I think we all create change in the world, just by being. Like It's a Wonderful Life, George does not realize how many lives he has impacted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    I think we all create change in the world, just by being. Like It's a Wonderful Life, George does not realize how many lives he has impacted.
    Agree. Change happens all the time whether we are aware of it or not. I don't mind effort on my part to try to make my impacts positive rather than negative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Do we have to seek to create change in the world? Who is issuing that imperative?
    I don't think creating change is like "creating a dent in the universe" as Steve Jobs said it.. Like Tybee said, I think if people see an ill or a need somewhere, there's an impulse to want to better it, or fill the need. You see an ugly lot in an urban setting and you see fields of irises. You see French bulldogs that need homes, and you see a need to foster or adopt them. That's how you have created change.

    As I get older, my view on this has shifted. I used to feel like I was not making a difference--I was not pursuing "right livelihood" because I'm a glorified drug dealer in my profession. Now that I have grandchildren, I reflect on how meaningful my aunts and mother were in my life, and I simply want to be part of my grandson's lives and hopefully be as great a loving support for them as my elders were for me. I can live my values and maybe they will learn something positive that they will use in their futures. That's how maybe I can change the world. I no longer wish I had been a doctor or a teacher or social worker or environmental activist.

    Basically, from a spiritual perspective, and the reason that Ram Dass quote resonates with me, I just want to work on seeing God in all things, which will be change enough for me.
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    Whenever I help a person or animal I feel that I made a difference for them. It won’t change the world at large but it changes their individual world. I love some of the songs some of you mentioned.

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