Find Greatness in Yourself
"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi
When times get tough or things don’t go our way the natural reaction for most human beings is to point the finger. We look outside for people to blame and try and look at how we can change the system. Gandhi points the finger in the opposite direction, but not as a means to blame, but as a directive to look inside.
In business, it’s a common suggested practice to take time out each week and look at your how things are going. We look back on the week and see what’s worked, but can be improved upon. We look toward the future and compare our visions with our concrete plans to see if they line up. This has been called “Proactive Attention.”
It’s time we take a little proactive attention with our lives to “be the change we want to see in the world.”
The Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh has another way of putting it, “Peace in oneself, Peace in the world.”
Mary Pipher, author or Reviving Ophelia, is about to launch her newest book The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture. This book speaks directly to us, empowering us to not wait for the next great leader and to look inside at ourselves and see what we can do here and now.
Whatever you believe needs to change in your life, our educational system, our political system, the environment or in your business, take a moment to ask yourself:
“How do I need to change in order to help make this happen?”
“What can I begin putting into practice that can edge this change closer to reality?”
It doesn’t take any single magnanimous effort to make change happen; it’s all the accumulative little efforts that are so much more powerful.
Look inside; start making those little efforts today.
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