Start with yourself

The following words were written on the tomb of an Anglican bishop in the crypts of Westminster Abbey:

When I was young and free, my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewthat and decided to change only my country.

But it too seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attemp, I settled for changing only family, those closest to me, but, they would have none of it.

And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.

 

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these:“It might have been!”

- John Greenleaf Whittier

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