I Wanted to Change the World 


Read this quote on a magazine today, and I found it inspiring. It said that it was written on a tombstone at Westminster Abbey written around 1100 CE. 

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town.

I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself,

and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself,

I could have made an impact on my family.

My family and I could have made an impact on our town.

Their impact could have changed the nation and

I could indeed have changed the world.

 Also, there is one from Rumi that I already heard many times; 

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

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