Saturday, May 07, 2005

Changing the World

When I was young, I set out to change the world.

When I grew a little older, I perceived that this was too ambitious so I set out to change my state.

This, too, I realized as I grew older was too ambitious, so I set out to change my town.

When I realized I could not even do this, I tried to change my family.

Now as an old man, I know that I should have started by changing myself.

If I had started with myself, maybe then I would have succeeded in changing my family, the town, or even the state— and who knows, maybe even the world!

Words of a Chassidic rabbi on his deathbed
(various sources)

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