Can You Feel the Change?

by Belinda Munoz on October 12, 2009


A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

When I first started this blog, I thought I had a rather unique niche.  Choosing Positivity.  Two beautiful gifts many of us are born with:  freedom of choice and the ability to embrace positivity.  I was familiar with a few mommy, productivity and finance blogs, but I hadn’t read any positivity blogs before.  I picked this subject intuitively as I found it the most compelling.


After a little poking around, I’m excited to discover something.  If I may be so bold, there’s a quiet but powerful revolution of sorts taking place in the blogosphere.

If you haven’t noticed it yet, don’t worry.  Lots of highly informed people aren’t hip to it yet.  But I think you should begin to pay attention or you might be missing out on possibly one of the most positive trends we’ve seen in a while illustrating humanity’s evolution.

I’m referring to writers and readers taking part in:

+ an active resistance to negativity.
+ a conscious switch in direction toward positivity.
+ a passionate and unequivocal rejection of snark, defeatism and emotional terrorism.
+ an unabashed opting for the good — the truly good things in life.

If what I’m referring to still sounds foreign to you, check out It Starts With Us, Positively Present or Seeing Good.

This is just a start.  There are many, many more bloggers out there who are digging deep for truth and putting forth their best work to impart wisdom, to help others, to shape the future, to change the world.


Sound pretty cool?  Here’s an even cooler thing:  this movement is building momentum.  I believe it will take hold.  Inevitably, it will continue to grow.  Eventually, I hope it will become so magnanimous we won’t be able to ignore its power.


Because, like many of us, this movement has had enough of all the negativity/falseness that has infested our collective psyche for far too long.  This movement is borne out of our souls parched, starved, seeking meaning for far too long.


At the risk of sounding corny and precious, this movement of writers and readers alike, are choosing:

  • Love over hate
  • Hope over doubt
  • Kindness over cruelty
  • Sincerity over sarcasm
  • Truth over lies
  • True value over socially-dictated worth
  • Spirituality over materialism
  • Generosity over quid pro quo
  • Improvement over status quo
  • Inclusiveness over exclusivity
  • Harmony over discord
  • Dreaming possibilities over being convinced something is impossible
  • Doing over saying
  • Quality over quantity
  • Substance over fluff
  • Sympathy over blame
  • Empowerment over fear
  • Building over destroying
  • Contributing over taking
  • Life-giving over blood-sucking
  • Seeking truth over being right
  • Real over artificial
  • Sustainability over toxicity
  • Nurturing over corruption
  • Genuineness over pretentiousness
  • Forgiveness over punishment

Yes, it takes many years to grow from a tiny seedling into a mighty tree.

As well, it’s a long road from hate to love.  But making that change starts with taking that first step.  And that one small step in the right direction could be the beginning of something powerfully revolutionary…


Which side would you rather lean?

What will you do about it?

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. — Maya Angelou

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1 Ben Leon Guerrero October 12, 2009 at 7:15 am

Belinda, Belinda,

I read a few blogs regularly, most of them have to do with pacific islander activism and so forth, but I have not noticed this trend, though this would be very inspirational. I will click through to the blogs you recommend and see if your proposals are proven. I must admit, I like the the long list of what “over this, over that”. This can only be good.

Thank you for always getting the noggin going, Belinda.


2 Patty - Why Not Start Now? October 12, 2009 at 9:18 am

Yes, I agree with you Belinda. Something’s brewing. I’d like to think it’s a movement that will grow over time and counteract the scarcity trance that’s taken hold of us as a nation. Thanks for naming it!


3 Positively Present October 12, 2009 at 10:29 am

Belinda, what a great post! And thank you SO much for mentioning Positively Present. I really appreciate the mention! 🙂


4 Nate October 12, 2009 at 10:44 am

Belinda, thanks for this article – obviously I agree with your conclusion. 🙂

I haven’t yet heard of “Seeing Good” – I’m checking it out right now.



5 Lori October 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Hi Belinda!

What a wonderful post. I had the same experience when I looked at the blogroll on PositivelyPresent. I had no idea there was so many amazing people starting powerful conversations about positivity and happiness.

I’m honored to have a mention in your post, and I can’t wait to see what else you have to say on here =)



6 SpocktheDog October 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for the great article. I agree completely and I am happy to see Happiness get a chance! Donate to your local animal charity or to one of mine!


7 Justin- October 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

It was only a matter of time before this started happening. The systems that we have chased after and have been told to chase after are following apart. Somebody had to start coming up with something new.


8 Belinda Munoz October 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm

@Ben, I’d be happy to send you links of other blogs if you’re interested. Just let me know.

@Patty, yes, I think that the time is ripe…a truly exciting time.

@Positive Present, glad you liked. Thank you for your wisdom.

@Nate, thx for your leadership and initiative — two things we desperately need right now.

@Lori, truly eye-opening! Thx for your support.

@SpocktheDog, what a great way to put it…see Happiness get a chance!
Thx for the visit.

@Justin, it’s just like an internal alarm is ringing, waking us up.


9 Karlil October 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

I love the list Belinda. Spirituality over materialism and love over hate are my favorite. Great post.


10 The Exception April 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

I am fairly new to this blog movement but have lived a life in keeping with this (or working to live like this) for as long as I can remember. Life is too short to hide in the shadows or not to find gratitude in the riches that surround us daily. I choose love over fear as often as I can… and am loving reading so many of the blogs (including Patty and PP mentioned above) that talk to happiness and trust and self integrity.


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