Personal Change (man in the mirror)
It’s a word that excites some of us and scares some of us. Whether you like it or not, change happens; it’s an inevitable part of life.
Of course, we want others to change when they think or do things with which we disagree. We want them to change behaviors that annoy us; we want people to be more like us. Blaming others is a great way to avoid dealing with our own stuff; it’s often called scapegoating.
Many of us expend great energy to avoid personal transformation. Change requires pain, and the human tendency is to avoid pain at all costs.
History shows us that transformation must take place from within. As Richard Rohr recently wrote, “Jesus and other great spiritual teachers first emphasize a primal transformation of consciousness.”
When we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that true change happens from the inside out.
Below are the lyrics for one of the most profound pop songs that addresses this topic. Man in the Mirror (written by Glen Ballard and Seidah Garrett) was a huge hit by Michael Jackson.
How do we change the world? It starts by changing ourselves.
“I’m Gonna Make A Change, For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good, Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .
“As I, Turn Up The Collar On My Favorite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin’ My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street, With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See Their Needs
A Summer’s Disregard, A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man’s Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya’ Know
‘Cause They Got Nowhere To Go
That’s Why I Want You To Know
“I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change
“I’m Gonna Make A Change
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good!
Come On! (Change . . .)
Just Lift Yourself You Know
You’ve Got To Stop It.
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
I’ve Got To Make That Change,
(Man In The Mirror)
You Got To
You Got To Not Let Yourself . . .
“You’ve Got To
You’ve Got To Move! Come On! Come On!
You Got To . . . Stand Up! Stand Up! Stand Up!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Stand Up And Lift
Though you may love the original Michael Jackson version, check out this refreshing twist:
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