Active Change - We Are The World

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The absence of change is death. Living things change, it is their nature. Highly active beings, those which change most rapidly, are called lively.

On September 5, 1774 a group of 56 people met in Philadelphia, PA because America was in a state of change. Fifty-six men made decisions that day which were far reaching and long lived. Had that meeting not been held the entire world would be a different place today, 234 years later. The First Continental Congress met because Parliament, not the band, had initiated change which, to the colonies, was mostly intolerable.

Today we are in change which is, by must, intolerable.

The change we face today is global yet the opportunity to affect change could still rest within the thoughts and actions of as few as 56. I see at the top of the screen today there are 114,857 members of Active Rain. It also occurs to me that the name of this network is Active Rain. It isn't Real Rain, Passive Rain, Panicked Rain, Republican Rain, Democratic Rain, or even Happy Rain. Out of a number of people that large it seems reasonable to expect a small group to be considered lively. It seems reasonable to believe a small group could start a change to echo not only across the nation but around the globe and into time.

Today we need change.

Both major presidential campaigns today talk about change. Change we need. Change was needed in 1774. The change we need today is different and the same. We are a people oppressed, not so much by government - at least in America - but rather by the lack of action of grass roots leadership. Grass roots leadership just like you.

What change do we need?

Everyone will answer differently. Most will say we need change in government. They will say we cannot trust the current elected officials to lead us through the change we need. Many will say we need change in regulations - either more or less or just something different. Those who say these things will be dancing around the real answer. They will be toasting marshmallows they did not make on a stick they did not fashion over a fire they did not build.

You can experience change or you can cause change.

When my son was very young he was very active. He was a little agent of change. I noticed in him he easily gave way to flights of fancy. In other words he let the world around him cause the change in his activities and thoughts. We started very early, he and I, having conversations about this. The saying we now know is "either control your life or life will control you". He is still working on it and I pray for him daily. But what about you? Are you a victim of change? Are you an inactive participant in the massive, global change sweeping our world?

Change is not passive nor are its agents.

The butterfly effect is not real. Physics do not work the way that little story would have you believe. A moth flapping its wings in Detroit does not cause a breeze to blow ten inches away much less in Tokyo. Why? Because like small changes in life there are other laws of nature in place to absorb those changes. Now gather every moth, butterfly, bird, bat - all flying creatures - into one great body and you will get massive change. Keep that chorus flapping their wings in unison and you will effectively initiate the greatest change possible from that assembly.

You can change your world today.

Almost everyone in the world is looking for an answer. There is not one country unaffected by the change which is currently sweeping the globe. Massively wealthy countries and totally impoverished countries alike are pressed down and together to look for a solution to these intolerable changes. Yes, I am writing of global revolution. This one fought against ourselves with no shots fired from any weapon.

Change requires acknowledgment.

We can all easily acknowledge change is needed. Once we finally stop playing the blame game we can move forward. Most have done so but I still get emails and phone calls and even read posts and blogs by people trying to accuse this group or that or even point out one specific man or woman. Friends, just as one person or group is powerless to "fix this mess" it took legions to "get us into this mess". What we need to do is understand the most important thing for each of us to do is to remain calm. Hard for me to do because I truly am facing the very real possibility of losing everything I have put together over the last several years - not unlike many of you.

Challenge to you to be the change.

My eyes flew open after only four hours of sleep because I need change in my world - today. Not only do I need change in my business, I need change in YOUR business which may change my business. You need change in my business which may change your business. What I want to challenge every ACTIVE Rain member to do on this day when we will see our markets plunge and probably recover - perhaps more than once - is to Be The Change. Start in yourself and affect those closest to you - they are looking for strength and honor in someone close to them. I am normally very opinionated and often too quick to respond but people around me do not need that today so my change is to reach into the part of me that is strong and honorable.

Today, starting right now, I will change ME. I will bite my tongue when someone says something I judge to be "wrong" or sound "stupid". I will remain calm and dignified regardless of how much more stress I "think" I have than the person(s) with whom I an interacting. I will look for solutions within my power, not blame for things already done. I will make small changes to my method of thinking and acting. I will prefer to be affectIVE instead of affectED which will make me more EFFECTive.

Change we can commit to.

You and I can not make new legislation in ourselves to change the world. You and I together can start change where we live. Not by lipservice but by action. What will you do starting today to create a climate of change in your world? How can I help you acheive your goals of change? We can be the first two to flap our wing in unison even if I am a purple moth and you are a yellow chickadee.

Change your world or it will change you.

Ken Cook - Change Agent #101 - 866-946-0120 - I will commit to your change plan. Call me or email me - we will flap our wings in unison and achieve change that could spread through time.

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Ann Hayman
Norville Realty - Jacksonville, FL
GRI,CDPE,IRES, Jacksonville, FL. Gated Communities , Real Estate

Ken, thank you for the wonderful post. The change is in each of us and we must take up the challenge and I will commit.

I am so new I haven't started my blog, just looking around to see how it's done. It looks like a lot to live up to and learn.

Ann Hayman-Realtor- ReMax Specialists- Orange Park FL.



Oct 16, 2008 11:24 AM #22
Carol Ann Doucette
ReMax By the Bay - Sebago Lake, ME

Ken, How wonderful and encouraging your message is.  We all are responsible for what is happening in our world by how we think, positively or negatively. Thoughts become things. Use your thoughts wisely.  Have you read "The Secret" and "The Power of Now"?  Now is the moment to start the change and then look back at this moment  that you decided to do it. Mark it on your calender and know that the Universe has recorded it and is setting it in motion.  Think prosperity!

Carol Ann Doucette Re/Max By the Bay, Portland Maine

Oct 16, 2008 12:28 PM #23
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Apathy is worse than death. Subtle, moderation is needed not usually wholesale throw the baby out in the water kind of helter skelter. Careful adjustment...not anarchy! If you are grateful you are rich!

Oct 16, 2008 12:45 PM #24
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

@Tim Maitski- I am awake, I have been self-educating, I was sad but then I got mad as eyes are wide open.  We need to go back to the forefathers foundation for this great country - we all need to self educate and unite- not in helter skelter, but in the strong determination.  Our lives, livelihood and that of our youth depend on it.  Use google, research, educate, unite and make sure to do it now.

Oct 16, 2008 12:54 PM #25
Ken Cook
Content, coding, marketing, host. - Marietta, GA
Content Marketer/Creator

Winter - thank you. You are just right down the street, so to speak. 10 minutes away maybe. I'm in East Cobb.

Joan - you are signed in :) You may not know this but you are an inspiration to me. You make me want to be more peaceful, more calm. Thanks!

Lane - speaking of billlionaire business men I sure wish Ross Perot would let me tap a $50,000,000 line and return him 6% on it. Can you put in a good word for me? Do you have his number?

Missy - right on. I am very blessed with a spouse I don't need to change. I can't say the same for her though.

Ann - I think we all admit we need to change to affect change around us. Welcome to AR. We are one big pretty functional family. Sometimes there are "spats" between members. Sometimes some of us cross a line but we pretty much work as a massive unit. Anything I can ever help you with count me in. Did I mention I lend in Florida? ;)

Carol Ann - Thank you for the kind comments. Several years ago my uncle asked me, "What would you do today if you were not afraid?" I didn't even realize I had any fear until that simple question unlocked my mind. I have not read those books.

Oct 16, 2008 12:54 PM #26
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Very good post. You highlighted so many things that are important.

Oct 16, 2008 12:55 PM #27
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Next time ross and I go 4wheeling, I'll bring that up.  Maybe you can come too...  What do you think?  "Look at the trail twice, drive it once."

Oct 16, 2008 01:18 PM #28
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Wow. You really have me thinking now.  I so wish I would have read this earlier today. It is nearing bed time for me now, however, I am going to do something to CHANGE, tomorrow...all day. Everyday.  You know what I think is so exciting?  With over 100,000 members here on AR, we COULD make a big difference in the world!  Pretty exciting, huh?  Thanks for a gentle reminder to all of us to quit talking about change, and be the change!

Oct 16, 2008 01:34 PM #29
Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 - Chattanooga, TN
Mortgage Loan Officer

A couple things I have changed.

Take time to listen fully before speaking (I have actually learned a great deal more, and found I knew a great deal less.)

Make better notes for my daily work (I need to get much more efficient at my work.)

Recognize that my tone is often more important than my words (I can engage different opinions or discuss concerns with out accusing or intimidating and reach a better resolution.)

Congratulations on the feature.

It's not too late to change.


Oct 16, 2008 01:41 PM #30
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Much of my life has been devoted to change.  It is not easy and people really resist change -- I have fought for civil rights, free speech, freedom of religion and it has been met with a lot of resistance and even violence.  It is difficult to be an agent of change -- people say they want it, but in reality they fear it.  I have seen some progress, but the price has been high and the sacrifice great .. the "improvement" has been sporadic.  So, I continue to fight for those things I believe in and try to help people along the way, but it is a difficult road indeed.

Oct 16, 2008 01:56 PM #31
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Are you saying I put you to sleep? LOL :0)

Oct 16, 2008 02:11 PM #32
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Okay...your whole story was insightful and very inspirational (yup...I saw this) but the most profound words I found in your slogan at the end.


we will flap our wings in unison and achieve change that could spread through time


Oct 16, 2008 02:20 PM #33
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Ken, agreed the old blame game gets us nowhere. Beautifully written and I agree with Sally, that line really touched me

Oct 16, 2008 02:51 PM #34
George Wilson
Lincolnton, NC - Lincolnton, NC

I also decided several days a go to change my attitude. Instead of getting angry at people projecting for 1 candidate or another, I decided to inject some thought provoking questions about our leaders and most of the speakers couldn't answer immediately.

 1. Did you know that the President, Governor, Mayor can only suggest, agree or veto a budget? The House of Representatives (Federal/State), City Council, County Council create the budget.

 2. Who is responsible for balance budgets and decide which projects/programs should be in the budget bill? Only the above mentioned budget creators can balance the checkbook (balance your checkbook with $50 in bank but write checks for $1,000 and see what happens).

I find these two questions opens a whole new line of discussion of how we got to where we are today. A lot of common people and media have been pointing fingers to those in position to prevent this in the past 8 years. Most after thinking about these two questions realize that this house of cards has been building for at least 10 yrs or more and it has finally come down.

 An associate in my company recently went to a closing where her buyer was signing a 2 year ARM and against her advice went ahead and closed the deal (mortgage co. was not represented at the closing table and no return calls until 2 hrs after the fact). I had to ask why and the buyer said the rental property was sold and they had no choice this late in the game. By the way the buyer had approx. 725 score (per the buyer; as mortgage broker refused to talk to my associate about the loan details).

Now a days we all, both real estate & mortgage brokers, have to be agents of change; the buyers need us more now than ever before with the market being so insidious and in a constant flux of change.

By the way, Lane tell Ross I'll be happy with just $600,000.

Oct 16, 2008 06:16 PM #35
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

You say we need change?   True, we do----but I didn't sign on for THIS MUCH change!  Loved your post--you did a great job.

Oct 16, 2008 11:49 PM #36
Shelley Hinojosa
Gatewood Group Realty - Moore, OK

At the beginning of your post I was interested in the historical values our fore fathers had back then and was wishing more of us felt this same way today.  However, by the end, I was totally mesmerized by your writing and your challenge.  I'm on board!  I'm for change in myself and others as well.  We need to stop thinking in the negative and spend more effort on all the positives we have by living is this great country.

Oct 17, 2008 02:46 AM #37
Ronnie Margolis
KW Kauai - Kapaa, HI
Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh

The only thing constant in our life is change. I'm a firm believer.



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Oct 17, 2008 05:49 AM #38
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Hello Ken,

I'm reading positive blogs every day and trying hard to be an agent of change.  I loved this one.  You spoke very loudly to the things I need to hear and really hear.  I'm scared.  I'm working hard and trying to work smart.  I'm doing everything I know to adjust to this totally different environment but I too am in danger of losing everything.  If wanting things to change would change them, I want it enough for it to happen. 

I accept your challenge.  I will be positive and kind and at least make sure my little corner of the world is a happy bless.  God bless and good luck.


Oct 17, 2008 06:25 AM #39
Leslie Stewart
Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals - Stayton, OR
Realtor, ABR, CRS, Oregon Licensed Broker

Excellent post Ken and very timely.  We had a team marketing meeting today to address the things we need to change to stay in business.  It is not an easy plan and it will take full commitment from all of us.  The first step is always hard but having a plan helps.

Oct 17, 2008 11:16 AM #40
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Ken...very well said. I'm SOOOOO looking forward to the dust settling from our political process, no matter who wins, so we can SEE some change, rather than just HEAR about change! Bring it on! It can only get better, right? Yes?

And I'm working to change my ways also! Need to kick it up a notch, stir it up, whatever!

Nov 01, 2008 10:18 AM #41
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