I keep reflecting on Gandhi’s advice: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
How can I change in a way that affects all of those other issues? An epitaph from the eleventh century monk’s grave might offer an idea:
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.
Know you are blessed,