CHANGE:  The Wednesday Word #WednesdayWisdom

CHANGE:  The Wednesday Word #WednesdayWisdom

INTRO:  Today’s word is mandatory for your survival.

WORD: Change (a verb and a noun)



  • make (someone or something) different; alter or modify.
    “both parties voted against proposals to change the law”
  • replace (something) with something else, especially something of the same kind that is newer or better; substitute one thing for (another).
    “she decided to change her name”
  • put different clothes on.
    “he changed for dinner”
  • move to a different train, airplane, or subway line.


  • the act or instance of making or becoming different.
    “the change from a nomadic to an agricultural society”
  • coins as opposed to paper currency.
    “a handful of loose change”
  • an order in which a peal of bells can be rung.
  • HISTORICAL: a place where merchants met to do business.

ETYMOLOGY of Change:

change (v.)

from Late Latin cambiare “to barter, exchange,” extended form of Latin cambire “to exchange, barter,” a word of Celtic origin, “to bend, crook” (with a sense evolution perhaps from “to turn” to “to change,” to “to barter”); cognate with Old Irish camm “crooked, curved;” Middle Irish cimb “tribute,” cimbid “prisoner;”

From c. 1300 as “undergo alteration, become different.” In part an abbreviation of exchange. From late 14c. especially “to give an equivalent for in smaller parts of the same kind” (money). Meaning “to take off clothes and put on other ones” is from late 15c. Related: Changed; changing. To change (one’s) mind is from 1590s.

change (n.)

c. 1200, “act or fact of changing,” from Anglo-French chaunge, Old French change “exchange, recompense, reciprocation,” from changier “to alter; exchange; to switch” (see change (v.)). Related: changes.

Meaning “a different situation, variety, novelty” is from 1680s (as in for a change, 1690s). The meaning “something substituted for something else” is from 1590s and the meaning “place where merchants meet to do business” is from c. 1400. Meaning “the passing from life to death” is biblical (161os).

The financial sense of “balance of money returned after deducting the price of a purchase from the sum paid” is first recorded 1620s; hence to make change (by 1865). Bell-ringing sense is from 1610s, “any sequence other than the diatonic.” Hence the figurative phrase ring changes “repeat in every possible order” (1610s). Figurative phrase change of heart is from 1828. In reference to women, change of life “final cessation of menstruation” is recorded from 1834.

Change:  The Wednesday Word ACTION IDEAS:

All change in your life starts with you. Your age doesn’t matter. Your income, whatever it is right now, doesn’t matter. Where you live doesn’t matter. If you want to change anything in life, it starts with you. If something isn’t going well in your life, something or someone is causing it. Before you blame anything or anybody, take on yourself!

Grant Cardone: How To Change

  • What would happen if you lost everything you’ve ever worked so hard for?  What would you have left?
  • What’s going on in your life right now that you don’t feel good about?
  • Is that thing you don’t feel good about right now keeping you from where you should be?

Grant Cardone: How To Change

  • Take an inventory of your life:  Rate yourself on a scale from 1-10.  Body, Mind, and Spirit.
  • What kind of information have you been getting your whole life that in retrospect, may not be serving you after all?

If things aren’t going well, something or someone is causing it not to go well.”

What’s happening in your life right now?  Is there something not going well?  When did you notice the difference / problem?  Who started that or what started that?

If you want real change, it has to start with you and what you can control. Make a list of what kind of things are you allowing into your body?  Write out what kind of information you allowing into your mind?  Identify how and what you nurture your spirit.

As Grant says, before you take on changing the whole world, start with you.  Change you first.

What will you DO about it?

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