Welcome to We The Change

Thank you for checking out my first blog. I have a lot of interesting content to share with you over the next….well, hopefully for a long, long time. Everything I will write about is based on my personal experiences, either through physical engagement (I love to try things) or from books and publications (I love to read). My mission is to share knowledge that can help you live a happier, successful and more fulfilling life. Furthermore, I intend to explore how individual contentment directly relates to “wellness” on a broader level.

Recently I read The Progress Paradox by Gregg Easterbrook, a book which details the irony of how “life is getting better” while “people are feeling worse”. Mr. Easterbrook spends the first half of his manuscript explaining how, in general, the quality of life for human beings drastically improves over time and proposes that if our forbearers could somehow rise from the grave they would consider modern life an Eden! He states that almost everyone in today’s world has enough food, healthcare and shelter (even the very poor); actualities that were unheard of even 60 short years ago.

The second half of the book is an examination of how amid all this progress people tend to feel worse and worse. Over 70% of the US population feels the quality of everyday life is declining and desires for the simpler times of previous generations (hence, the progress paradox). Mr. Easterbrook contends that “instead of the big picture we often see the small picture, aware only of the lesser negative within the greater positive”.

I mention this book in my initial blog as I think it directly pertains to what I am trying to accomplish with We The Change. Collectively, we must recognize that being alive is fleeting and we must strengthen our appreciation of the time we have as humans; we must also get perspective on how good we really have it.

So many of us are obsessed with the circumstances of our individual lives and paint such a negative mental picture of our situations. At the same time we become saddened and depressed about the many horrific occurrences going on in the world. Mass attention to these negative items in the news and on TV is a chronic problem that our society forces upon us.

But it does not have to be this way. Each individual on this planet has the ability to shift his/her attention to more productive thoughts and actions. We The Change is a platform for helping you to make this shift.

I use a quote by Gandhi on my homepage which says that “you must be the change you want to see in the world” which sums up my mission succinctly. It’s not enough to just recognize that we need to change certain things; we actually have to do them—and we must purposefully habituate the act of living happier and more fulfilling lives!

I would love to prove Mr. Easterbrook false (that people will continue to feel worse even as circumstances get better), and be an integral part of the movement that alters global consciousness in a positive manner. Let’s force him to write a second book about how life is getting better and how people feel its getting better!

The wonderful thing is that people who want change (both personally and globally) are

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not alone. There is a growing population of conscious people who believe that things on the grander scale can, and will, get better once we start shedding awareness on the consequences of our individual thoughts and actions. For example, we might talk about issues such as:

– The benefits of buying and consuming organic and locally grown foods
– How seeing holistic doctor, chiropractor and acupuncturist can change your life
– Why you should buy (and use) compact fluorescent light bulbs

Each one of these topics is excellent “personal development” material: organic and locally grown foods have less chemical pollutants and are better for your body; holistic practitioners do not just treat “symptoms” and view your body as a whole; using environmentally sustainable products will lower your energy costs.

But there are also global benefits associated with these issues: organic and locally grown food practices tend to be more humane and much better for the environment; holistic practitioners are not tainted by drug and pharmaceutical involvement; mass use of compact fluorescent light bulbs can dramatically lower greenhouse emissions.

Individual action is directly related to global wellness; changing your life for the better actually makes the world a better place! Once this realization hits home, is there any question about the way we should act?

Ultimately, the mission is to spread this type of awareness where it reaches a critical mass of individuals who literally “tip the scales” of our collective decisions. It’s simply a matter of time before this happens and my intention is for We The Change to be a worthy contributor to this objective!

So I invite you to subscribe and contribute to this blog and spread the word of what we are trying to accomplish. Let’s make your life as fulfilling and successful as possible and spread word of how you did it…

I look forward to meeting you all in cyberspace (and in person?) soon…

All the best,

Todd

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2 Responses to “Welcome to We The Change”

  1. Hi Todd, What a GREAT first post. I too want to BE the change in the world. I experienced the limitation of traditional “drs” firsthand and would love to see a change in medical practices in the US. There is a social networking site that just started as well to promote change called Rethos you might want to check out. Thanks again. I’m definitely going to subscribe to the RSS feed and keep updated! Gratefully, Jenny

  2. Todd says:

    Hi Jennifer– Thanks so much for the comment and I will definitely check out Rethos. I also have some really great content on medicine and the pharma industry, so stay tuned! Thanks again…

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