Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Begin with Yourself

The following words were written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in the Crypts of Westminister Abbey:

When I was young and free and 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 somewhat and decided to change only my country.
  • But it, too seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed my self 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.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

That you need to begin with yourself is an amazingly hard lesson to learn.

I've learned it with my husband but I still struggle with how it works in the lives of the two little girls that I am trying to raise!!