When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
But I found it was difficult to change the world,
so I tried to change my country.
When I found I couldn’t change my country,
I began to focus on my town.
However, I discovered that I couldn’t change the town,
and so as I grew older, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself,
but I’ve come to recognize that if long ago I had started with myself,
then I could have made an impact on my family.
And, my family and I could have made an impact on our town.
And that, in turn, could have changed the country
and we could all indeed have changed the world.
- Rabbi Israel Salanter, Founder of the Modern Musar or Jewish Ethical Mindfulness Movement
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