“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:
- Be kind to others for unselfish reasons.
- Be a patient and captive listener.
- Check your ego at the door – always!
- Go out of your way to help others – especially those who’ve helped you.
- Tell someone how much they mean to you.
- No one is right all the time, so stop trying to be.
- Give up pretending you like to be alone.
- Say you’re sorry when it means keeping someone special in your life.
- Be a person people look up to and admire because of what you do, not what you say.
- 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.”