Friday, September 2, 2011

Change the World

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 realized
the world would not change. And I decided to shorten my sights
somewhat and change only my country.
But it too seemed immovable.

As I entered my twilight years,
in one last desperate attempt,
I sought to change only my family, those closest to me,
but alas they would have none of it.

And now here I lie on my death bed
and realize (perhaps for the first time) that if only I’d changed myself first,
then by example I may have influenced my family
and with their encouragement and support
I may have bettered my country,
and who knows I may have changed the world.

- Leo Tolstoy -

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