Last week I wrote about the inevitability of change; how sometimes you have no control over change. This week I wanna talk about the change you do have control over.

If you think your life is good or bad, you’re right – at least in your own mind. While not everyone can control how they view the world, many of us can if we change our perception. There are many things we do have control over in our own lives and in our community.

I constantly hear people complain about their lives, their situation, or even Van Wert, and most of the time how they view those things is a product of how they chose to live their life and what actions they choose or choose not to take.

If someone would have told me a year ago that I’d grow to like Van Wert, I would have laughed, but over the course of the year, and through this job, I’ve gotten to meet truly inspiring people. I’ve met people who go out of their way to help others and don’t ask for anything in return. I’ve met truly driven, motivated people who have bright visions. I’ve even met people who take matters into their own hands when it comes to making Van Wert better – people who spend their spare time volunteering.

Larry Mengerink’s quote about deciding to stop complaining and actually take action to make something better was inspiring. How often do we complain about something here in town, yet we do nothing to change it?

Is easy to complain about something but when it comes to actually taking action or making a change, many of us are not willing. For instance, if you view Van Wert as trashy and dirty, then maybe that view point is a product of the people you choose to hang around. Because of the people I surround myself around, I see a town that is moving on up.

I know a lot of people complain about the drug problem Van Wert has, but it’s not just Van Wert. Those drug problems are in every town, and surly any drug problems Van Wert does have is not going to get better with cuts to our local law enforcement.

If we the people want positive change, we are going to have to contribute to it, whether that be within ourselves by changing how we live our lives and who we choose to surround ourselves with, or by literally going out and cleaning up a property to make our city look cleaner rather than complain about an ugly spot, or even by spending a very little extra money to ensure when someone needs an EMS or a police officer, they are there.

Positive change doesn’t just magically happen. It takes people actually taking action to make things better. If you’re upset about something in your own life or in the community, ask yourself: how can I make a difference? and then actually DO it. Be the change you wish to see in the world.