Opinion: Be The Change You Want To See

By Nichole

After reading some of the comments regarding the upcoming Celebrate Natomas event, I was struck by the negativity and discouragement expressed over the current state of our community. While we all undoubtedly feel some sense of disillusionment, perhaps we could all benefit by taking a different approach to what is happening.

Do we sit back, shake our heads, and complain about the state of things, or do we refocus and take measures to improve the situation?

Okay, perhaps Natomas has come to be something other than what we had originally hoped it would be. So what do we do about it? Do we sit back, shake our heads, and complain about the state of things, or do we refocus and take measures to improve the situation?

Mahatma Gandhi wisely said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” By doing so, we take personal responsibility, and in turn, we can feel a sense of ownership and pride in what we create. By working together, we can not only preserve but also improve our community.

So, how do we do this? By getting to know our neighbors better, which can help to foster a sense of security and a feeling of community. We can care for the aging and others in need in our neighborhoods—should the day come when we need a helping hand, perhaps they will be there for us as well. We can be active members in our neighborhood watch programs; by acting as the eyes and ears in our neighborhood, we empower ourselves. These are but a few ideas. This is our community—it is and will be exactly what we make of it.

By working together, we can not only preserve but also improve our community.

Yes, we have some areas that are in definite need of improvement, but perhaps we can refocus and celebrate our strengths while we attempt to address the apparent weaknesses. Gandhi also said, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

Nichole and her family reside in The Hamptons neighborhood of Natomas, off East Commerce.


  1. The Hamptons…hmm is that a gated community Nichole?

    If Gandhi were to come to South Natomas he would be robbed and shot.

    You are living in a fantasy world of peace and love….Well I know that helps you find peace… I find peace in knowing my shotgun is at arms length

  2. Let’s see:

    No, The Hamptons is not gated.

    Were Gandhi still alive and visited South Natomas he probably would be welcome with opened arms.

    Mayhaps it would be safer if your shotgun and you moved out of Natomas?

    Just sayin’…

  3. I can’t say it enough – I love Natomas!

  4. Natomas is a great place to raise a family – me and my family will be at Celebrate Natomas on Saturday, then on Monday my kids will attend Natomas public schools and we will take walks and bike rides in the evening during the week. I have lived in South Natomas for 12 years and we have pushed back every threat to our quality of life – whether it be arsonists, grafitti thugs, street racing, and fixing poorly planned crosswalks and intersections. We will push the gang recruiters out too, as well as the residents who just sit behind their doors complaining and cleaning their shotguns.

  5. Natomas is a ghetto full of gang members…keep living in your fantasy world if that makes you feel better Please show me where you have made a difference…?

  6. “Natomas is a ghetto full of gang members.” I call crap hyperbole on you.

  7. For the negative nellies out there: Step up and sign your name to your post. If you stand behind your hatred for where you live, then take a moment to type your name so the rest of us know who to avoid.

    Tristan Godt
    Natomas Park

    aka – Trixie

  8. Hey Tristan you have no idea what your talking about..South Natomas is a ghetto…It used to be a nice community…why don’t you sell your urban sprawl tract house up there on Eastbrook and move to South Natomas around Northgate and El Camino…You can see for yourself how great Natomas is…You know it’s always funny when you Yankees from the North keep posting how great life is for us in the Deep South.

  9. Sniffle, sniffle. I’ll shed a single tear for you down there in the Durrrrty South from the safety of my urban sprawl tract home up North. Look, we’re all in this together. I know that lots of cash and volunteers to rebuild Fort Natomas (a SOUTH Natomas institution) are flooding in from up “North.” We have a lot more in common than we have differences. To continue your tortured North/South analogy, how about being part of the Reconstruction of your neighborhood instead of just b*tching.

  10. Dear Anonymous –

    Thank you for addressing your comment to me personally. I would do the same, however, you STILL won’t suck it up and post your name.

    I don’t remember commenting either way in this post about whether or not Natomas is a ghetto. I simply asked those who were so passionate about their feelings to sign their name. While I didn’t have a problem stating I live in Natomas Park (I am proud of it) I find it extremely irresponsible of you to post my street address.


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