September 21, 2008 10:30 AM

Change Starts from Within

It was my last school-year in the Philippines (senior, high school) when my "Values" teacher showed me this quote in response to my paper about my dissatisfaction in politics--the "leaders" and the people specifically back home. Luckily I was able to find it again online and thought I might as well share it. Changing myself into a better person is already a struggle to me, but at least this quote reminds me where to begin.

"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." -Unknown Author

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