Making Simple, Local Positive Change

grpCommunityToo many people today sit around and complain about the role our government is playing in our society here in America. They are not happy with so many things from poverty, homelessness, our health care system, mental illness, gangs and violence on the streets and earning a fair wage for work. The problem I see is that they don’t understand the true nature of government in a free nation. Their is a hierarchy that must be followed to make change happen and it always starts with yourself.

1. Yourself
2. Community
3. City/Town
4. County
5. State
6. Country

Whatever positive change you would like to see must start with the person you look at in the mirror each day. If you see the same problems in the mirror then change must start there. What are you doing to make your community a better place? Do you even know the people who live in your community? What about the City or Town you live in? What positive things can you do to help your town that will help the communities? And how about the County you live in? Then the State and finally the Country.

Do you see where I am coming from? It is just too damn easy to sit in front of the TV and listen to what the President, Congress and Senate or even what the Supreme Court is making decisions on without even understanding ourselves or the communities we live in.

As for me I am still working on myself and just starting to understand the community I live in. I believe that these two steps are the most important steps and all it would take is for Americans to wake up and simply take care of these two. If this was to happen you would start to see more positive change on a grander scale.

One example of this would be the idea of banning GMO foods in our own home, we start a group in our community to teach others about the dangers of GMO’s. We start community gardens to feed those in need. It becomes popular and spreads to other communities. The law of supply and demand will create change. How many other problems can we address just within our own homes and communities? This my friends is the American way and has always been. We the People set the stage for the laws of our land and it starts with us. No violence, no protests, no anger. Simple, peaceful change. Does your community deal with an obesity problem? Can you start a walking group. What about the poor? A soup kitchen or raising money to provide work within the community. So never mind what happening on your TV screen, get out there and meet your neighbors. It is a start.

America is and has always been a great nation of individuals and communities each unique in there own ways. Different cultures and religions have combined into the melting pot of the very essence of American life. Did we lose this? I don’t think so. I believe that we may have been thrown off balance by the active role that the media is playing in our lives. Remember, the media only exists for one reason and that is monetary. The want to make money and the depend on drama and sensationalism. We need to turn them off and create our own news right within our own communities. The good news, the stuff that life is made of.

As my shoulders are feeling much better now and the burning sensation is gone I am moving right back into beast mode with an intense back routine. I have increased the weight since last time by 20 lbs. on pulldowns and rows and am giving it full beast mode energy. My upper back could be a lot stronger than it is and I believe by moving my ab workout to the day after my shoulder routine will give my a little more room for a harder workout without having the shoulder pain.

My blood sugar and body weight are coming back down and I know that when my body gets used to this new workout neither should be much of an issue. My ankle is better and I should be mixing cardio back into my routine, but now I am dealing with the healing of an ingrown toenail so it may be a few more days before I am back on the treadmill.

Blood Sugar- 112, Weight- 183.0

Bowflex- BACK
Pulldowns- 280- 20, 23, 20
Rows- 280- 17, 20, 20
Reverse Flys- 55/55- 12, 12, 10

5:45 AM- Protein Shake (30g), Creatine (tspn)
6:30 AM- Oatmeal
9:30 AM- Protein Bar
12:30 PM- Beef Stew
6:30 PM- Steak, Broccoli, 1/2 small baked potato

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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13 Responses to Making Simple, Local Positive Change

  1. hippyish says:

    We start community gardens to feed those in need.

    That’s an awesome idea!

    • It is and it gets people closer and involved in their own communities besides providing good nutrition for those who desperately need it.

      • hippyish says:

        I totally agree! How cool would it be if our local schools could care out some time during Science/Ag/HomeEc/P.E. and tend to a garden instead of doing that extra busy work? Then when the harvest is ready, do a community feed for the hungry? THAT would be amazing and would teach our youth a VERY important skill…helping others. I didn’t have that taught or opportunity in school and neither does the youth in my community today. Although, it sure wouldn’t hurt for the adults (myself) to get something like that started and set the example!!! 🙂

      • All it would take is for the community to introduce it although I think the problem would be getting the kids together over the summer vacation to keep up with it. But even that could be overcome with community help.

  2. New Journey says:

    Good Morning my northern friend….in the 40’s this morning….cool and crisp….LOL I thought I heard the beast this morning…I was still sawing logs….good post….you really broke it down to make it easy….so many times I feel I can’t make a change in big government but I can definitely make a change in my own community….have a great day….KAt

  3. Well said Billy, nicely written. The problems you talk of are to my mind world wide and not just limited to the USA. We have similar issues here where people are obsessed with celebrity and what the media portrays as the right and wrong way to live a life. The sooner are back to basics the better.

  4. jncthedc says:

    Creating change in the manner you discuss is an approach that reveals great potential. It requires effort, but so does most things in life with value. Well written.

  5. hsampson says:

    Brilliant as usual Billy! Thank you for this wonderful lesson, not only for the USA, but for the whole planet!

  6. Tony R says:

    You got that one right. Man in the Mirror. Sharing this one.
    Tony R

  7. Tony R says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    We sure need to learn this lesson in America. If we don’t learn it soon we may lose our opportunity.
    Tony R

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