Start 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 family, those closest to me,

but alas, 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.


(I hope this message can contribute to you in somehow)

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7 thoughts on “Start With Yourself

  1. I like very much.
    And I hope people realize in time that we start changing ourselves.
    Weekend kisses

  2. Indeed, words of great wisdom. Virginia

  3. Yes it does! It is beautifully written. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amazing message 🙂

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