How to change the world – a poem

I absolutely love this poem I read a long time ago. These words were engraved on the tombstone of an Anglican bishop burried in Westminster Abbey in 1100 AD.

“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. “

So let me start with the man in the mirror…and who knows I may change the world.

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