Recently a friend of mine sent me the words of wisdom below that made me laugh:
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser and realized the world would not change I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country: but it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years I settled on changing only my family and those closest to me, but alas they would have none of it. Now as I lay on my deathbed and I suddenly realize that if I had only changed myself first, then by example I could perhaps have changed my family, and from their inspiration and encouragement to me I would have been better able to help my country and from there I may even have been able to change the world. (said to be Taken from the tomb of a Bishop in Westminster Abbey 1100 A.D. I was unable to verify that).
The words made me laugh because I can remember having that young and free, and might I add naive, imagination.
Although at this point in my life I may think of that mindset as naive, I do recognize the value of it in forming who I am. However, what I am most grateful for today is I am not on my deathbed realizing it is me I need to change. I am full of life and full of the realization that my greatest power in changing the world, my country, my workplace, my church, my family and friends is through recognizing what I can do to heal my internal struggles that are holding me back from the only thing that matters, love. It is through giving and receiving more love in our word we are able to move closer to the eternal love. I have also realized that it is important for me to recognize my beauty and embrace and value its wonder while living it out loud.
Life is so beautiful when I can remember this wisdom. I can delight in the beauty surrounding me, I can smile in the challenges, I can feel the stress fall away. I believe it is through the example of loving more and living out loud that I am able to see the brighter, happier more fulfilling place the Universe has placed all around. The greatest challenges come when I put up my walls, I let my buttons get pushed, I fail to stay connected to the Divine. It is when I forget… it is all about me!
Written by Michelle Grabanski Pohlad