When I was younger, I'd spend plenty of time in our county jail.

No, not as a guest of the taxpayers, but as an A.A. volunteer, bringing the simple message of the program's Big Book and Twelve Steps and Traditions, the cornerstone beliefs of recovery from alcoholism. By the time each inmate was released, they'd leave prison aware of the idea to "change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change."

This quote by noted self-help author Dr. Wayne Dyer is one of his many sayings. The big idea here is what we look at isn't nearly as important as how we look at it. In other words, if you see the negative in most things, then only the negative will put on the show and vice versa.

Change doesn't come easily, trust me, but when someone changes the way they see the problems of the world, and when their intentions are honorable and positive and they search for the good in things, then their life transforms slowly back to what we were designed to be.

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The same goes for writing articles. I can share my thoughts on hot-button and divisive issues, and those are the exact results I'll get in return, because it usually ends up that one of us becomes a velvet hammer and the other a nail. Or, I can search for that perfect point of balance, between things we can change for the better, here at home.

There's one more quote I want to share with you: "Everyone has a story to tell. All you have to do is write it. But it's not that easy." Frank McCourt is telling it like it is. It's not that easy when we are bombarded by a 24-7 cycle of unending disputes.

If you know a great, local story that I can share with our audience, both on-air and here online, please let me know. Drop me a line at phil@wbsm.com and give me the details. I want to use this platform to spread some of the great things happening here in New Bedford and all across the SouthCoast, or to help those who need it most.

Oh, one more thing, if you're a person who is determined to make a positive change, and if you're committed to really make this work for you, take a couple of minutes to leave a comment on our Facebook page or on our app. I'm looking for ways to join together with you to make our community a better place.

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