Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Inconvenience of Change

A fellow blogger, Matt Cheuvront, is promoting a series of blogs on this subject: The Inconvenience of Change. There are some great posts by Gen Yers about change and how they feel they can make a difference in the world. Change is hard for all of us on so many levels. We get used to the status quo and we want to keep things as they are. We become complacent in our communities and in our own lives and adopt the attitude that says, "let someone else do it."

Revolutions are started by those who want things to change. As Barry himself says, it only takes "one voice" to make a difference in this world. He has done that recently by donating musical instruments to the schools in his community and kicking off the Manilow Music Project. If you've noticed the ads on television and in the theaters lately, there is another organization doing the same thing: providing instruments to schools who have lost funding in their music programs.

The question is, can just one person make a difference. The definitive answer is ABSOLUTELY. Take Judy Domingo for example. She raised thousands of dollars for her charity AFAN completely on her own. She led her team to being the 2nd highest fundraiser and she alone was the highest individual fundraiser for that charity walk.

In their new book, New Day Revolution, Sam Davidson and Stephen Moseley, give helpful hints, practical tips, and step by step instructions on how to make a big difference in the local community and the world at-large with whatever time you have. It's a great place to start for some ideas on what you can do to change. And although it's inconvenient, change is also the catalyst for growth in your personal life.

What can you do to change your world? It is something as simple as donating that unused musical instrument gathering dust in your closet? Can you start recycling even if it's inconvenient? Can you help others to see the value in volunteering their time? Can you donate clothing to the homeless in your community? Can you participate in a charity walk and raise funds for that charity?

If there's one thing that Manilow fans have always admired Barry for, it's the example he sets through his Manilow Fund and his charitable giving. We can follow that example ourselves by making those inconvenient changes that will also make a difference in the lives of others.

Viva the Revolution!
Texas Fan


Debbie said...

Doing something for others (however small it might be) makes you feel so good. I have been very creative in some of the contributions I have made. To see adults, kids, animals (yes, animals) reactions when you do something for them. Its priceless. Its so easy to do as well. Barry sets such a good example. Whenever he contributes insturments to a school, I am always telling people about it. Another reason to be a fan.

Matthew said...

Love this Suzanne - I had the pleasure of seeing Barry @ the Hilton last month (vendor bought me a ticket). He is a heck of a performer and from the sound of it, a big contributor in giving back to the community. Thank you for sharing this and for adding your perspective to the Inconvenience of Change series. Cheers!

texas_fan said...

Debbie and Matthew,
It's the truth. Barry is always giving to others and sets such a great example not only for his fans but also for his community. He's not your usual celebrity. He puts his money where his mouth is so to speak. And the grateful recipients are all those charities that are under the umbrella of the Manilow Fund and the students who benefit from the Manilow Music Project.

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