“We all want to change the world.”
~ John Lennon
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
Okay, so not everyone necessarily wants to change the world but, if you’re like I am, maybe you want to change some other people; perhaps those you most love, are friends with, or have to work with. And, if you’re like I am, you want to change them into your image.
That’s just a human thing…ain’t it?
And, there are two major challenges with this philosophy that I see…
- We Ain’t Poifect. The challenge is that until we become a better, more effective version of ourselves, then trying to change someone else into our image is fruitless at best and counterproductive at worst.
- Self-Improvement Lessens Our Desire to Change Others. As we begin to see an evolution of growth and effectiveness in ourselves, we feel less a need to control the actions of others. This, of course, isn’t a challenge but rather, like the man or woman who conquers an enemy simply by making them a friend, we have advanced the entire process.
Only by growing and becoming more advanced personally can we ever really influence the world around us…not by force, but simply by being a much more effective version of…us.
So, change others? Naw. Instead, let’s take the advice of another very wise man:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
That’s much more better-er! 😉
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