Change oneself in order to change the world

“Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself.” 
Leo Tolstoy

I don’t care who you are, everyone could benefit from changing something about themselves – most notably how we interact and behave towards those around us.

Now I’m not talking about drastic changes, which are often more of an evolutionary process than a simple change in personality.

I’m talking about realistic changes we can apply in our daily lives – things which might seem trivial or insignificant, but I assure you have a great impact on the world around you and most definitely on yourself.

Here are some thoughts:

  1. Be kind to others for unselfish reasons.
  2. Be a patient and captive listener.
  3. Check your ego at the door – always!
  4. Go out of your way to help others – especially those who’ve helped you.
  5. Tell someone how much they mean to you.
  6. No one is right all the time, so stop trying to be.
  7. Give up pretending you like to be alone.
  8. Say you’re sorry when it means keeping someone special in your life.
  9. Be a person people look up to and admire because of what you do, not what you say.
  10. Treasure the simple moments of life – they’re the only ones that matter.

If you look at this list and say to yourself, “I don’t need to change anything about myself”, then I feel sorry for you. Sorry because you’re obviously stuck on #3 and #6 and probably don’t even realize it.

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

Enough said.