There are absolute truths about the human experience that never change, no matter what century you live in or what culture. These truths are immutable, immeasurable and impossible to ignore.
One of these truths is that to change the world, you must first change yourself.
In the Crypts of that grand cathedral known as Westminster Abbey, on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop inscribed in 1100 A.D., are these words:
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 some
what 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 death bed, 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.
Don’t wait for the last moments of your life to know this truth. You can make a difference right now, in the very moment. Decide to change yourself and you will change the world.
Start with yourself.
What wild and crazy thing is calling to you? To go surf in Hawaii? To run the Paris Marathon? To climb a mountain?
Whatever it is, culture will try to stop you. The rules of the world seem to quash the very thing that makes us human — our spirit. Don’t let it quash you.
If your first thought is to denigrate yourself or your abilities, that is culture talking. You will not live your wild, best life listening to culture.
Just remember, that thing that is calling you…is pointing directly at you and saying, “It’s time. Walk away. Come play with me. You’ll see.”
That thing calling you defies reason and logic (more culture speak). It defines your deepest yearning, that person you were meant to be.
Start with yourself and you will discover that impossible truth that we must all face at some point in our lives. You are here for a reason and only you can express it to the world.