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Leader of the Month: Amy Sandel

Posted on 18 September 2017

This week I was asked to blog about three quotes that mean something to me, and why. This was actually A LOT more challenging than I expected!  Here are my top three.  Hopefully they inspire you just as much as they’ve inspired me!

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

You’ve probably seen this quote on coffee mugs and bumper stickers. The common belief is that the great social activist Mahatma Gandhi was quoted as saying this.  However, there’s no reliable documented evidence those were words he spoke… BUT - the closest verifiable quote we have from Gandhi is this: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.  As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him… we need not wait to see what others do.”

Gandhi’s actual quote explains it all. As a Christian woman, I’m called to put my faith into action.  I know that real, true change needs to start small to become big.  So as not only a Christian, but as a citizen of the world, I commit myself to the service of others.  I commit myself to bringing about that change.  Let it start with me.

“Che sarà, sarà.”

Roughly translated from Italian, this means “Whatever will be, will be.” Doris Day recorded a song in1956 using this quote as part of the refrain, which my mom then memorized and sang pretty much everyday for the rest.of.her.life. <sigh>

As a kid, I remember my mom working around the house, belting out this song at the top of her lungs, sometimes making up words as she went along. At the time I didn’t think much of it.  As a teenager dealing with academics and sports and boys and friends, I would brush off my mom when she was in my ear saying “Che sarà, sarà.” For many years I heard my mom telling me “What will be, will be.”  Finally, as an adult, I listened to my mom telling me “What will be, will be.” 

I’ve learned (and sometimes the hard way) that life isn’t always going to go according to your plan. However, I believe life does go according to God’s plan.  Whether you’re religious or not, this quote tells me even though sometimes things are out of our control, we need to be steadfast in our faith for good things to come in the future.  Trust in the good.

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

This quote is actually the entirety of the lyrics from The Beatles’ song “In The End.” It’s the very last song on their Abbey Road album, the last album The Beatles ever recorded as a band.  This song itself is only 30 seconds long, but despite its brevity, this song speaks volumes. 

“In The End” was what The Beatles chose to leave their fans with knowing it was the end of their career as the world knew them.  This was their creed – and it’s mine, too.  In fact, I believe this so much that I have a tattoo of it.  No one is alone in this world.  Everyone on this planet is part of a giant community.  The way we live, our thoughts, our actions – they affect everyone and everything we touch.  Spread love and positivity because what goes around inevitably comes around.  We’re in this world together.  No one’s getting out alive.  Why not make the most of it while we’re here?

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