You Must Create the Change That You Want to See
|March 23, 2013||Posted by Josh Boldt under Activism, Politics|
I want to address the article written this week by Order of Education contributor Hazel M. For one, it was directly addressed at me and the adjunct professors with whom I regularly work. But beyond that, I found a lot of truth in Hazel’s piece and I’d like to pick up where he left off by sharing a short clip from a speech President Obama gave on Thursday–the same day Hazel’s piece was published. I’m calling this clip “Create the Change That You Want to See.”
But before I get to the clip, let me just say Hazel M. is mostly right. Adjuncts–and people in general–predominately fall into two categories.
- People who quietly accept things whether or not they like them and try to minimize the waves they make. The “path of least resistance” people.
- People who don’t like their situations and are vocal about it often, but who never really do anything to change those situations. The “all talk, no action” people.
Think about yourself. Which category do you fall into? When you encounter something you don’t like, are you more likely to accept it quietly (even if it angers you inside) and move on? Or are you more likely to tell your friends and family and anyone else who will listen how mad you are?
Neither of these categories are very flattering ways of thinking about ourselves, but I bet you fit into one of them if you are truly honest with yourself. Most of us do.
Category 3: Create the Change That You Want to See
The third category–and the one we should all be striving to reach–is the one I’ll call the “Create the Change That You Want to See” category. These are the people who, when they encounter situations they don’t like, change those situations. These people neither quietly accept injustice nor do they merely talk about how bad things are without attempting to change them. People in this third category take action. They realize there’s only one way to improve their lives and that is to improve them. Deliberately. Actively.
I can’t take credit for this phrase. I spotted it yesterday while I was watching a speech President Obama gave to a group of young Israelis in Jerusalem. In the hour long speech, this 20 second clip really stood out. I kept rewinding it over and over again on YouTube. It really spoke to me because the message of this short clip is so crucially important to all of us not only in the adjunct movement, but for everyone who cares about bettering themselves and their situations. I edited the video down to this clip. Watch it.
You must create the change that you want to see.
Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.
Members of category three are rare. Most people are–understandably and reasonably–afraid to make real moves in life, to enact serious change and create opportunities for themselves. It’s hard to go against the grain. It’s hard to stand up for yourself. It’s hard to be the first one out the door. It’s hard to Create the Change That You Want to See. But it’s the only sure path to a better life.
We must be willing to leave our comfort zone. We must be willing to take the first step. We must be willing to stop talking and start acting. We must be willing to create our own change.
How will you begin to Create the Change That You Want to See today?