Gandhi said that.
I totally believe that. Its not enough to complain about something or say that you want to see something change.
Change is not a slogan. Change is something you do.
Webster says "change" means:
to make different in some particular, to make radically different, to give a different position, course, or direction to, to replace with another, to make a shift from one to another
Here is a perfect example. In case you didn't hear about it, I recently felt compelled to send Military Spouse Magazine a letter. There had been a tugging in my heart for months that a lot of spouses out there are not getting the support they need from this magazine, which was once a favorite of mine. The March issue put me over the edge. I sent the letter, posted to my blog, and begged them for change.
Now I'll get hypothetical with you. Let's say that in addition to the letter I also sent them an article pitch because I see a need for more information on a certain subject. Let's say I receive an email back very quickly saying they love the idea and want to know how soon I can write the article. I wanted something to change, back to something of substance.
I now get to write some substance.
And in a few weeks I should be able to give you more details on this "cryptic" post :)
In the meantime just know that if you want to see change in something, be willing to do it. Change isn't something you sit back and vote for, its something you make every effort yourself to bring about.
I must also add this closing note: Military Spouse did give me an immediate "stock" reply at first. I thought they weren't listening so I emailed back and went in depth with a few suggestions. It turns out that they don't get a lot of readers who send in these "requests for change" that actually want to discuss this with them. They have welcomed all my suggestions and I even got a reply email from the co-founder at 11 pm last night. If anyone else has seen this need and feels like something is lacking, speak up! Just maybe good is going to come from this after all.