Westminster Abbey

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In Westminster Abbey, the following words are found inscribed on the tomb of an 11th century Anglican Bishop:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country, but it too seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me.

But alas, they would have none of it.

And now I realise as I lie on my deathbed, if I had only changed myself first, then by example I might have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country.

And who knows, I might have even changed the world.

It’s a great quote isn’t it?

It’s a reminder to us all that we each have the capacity to change the world, but we need to focus on changing ourselves first.

Just don’t wait until you’re on your deathbed until you start.

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