“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
One of the things that is always at the forefront of our minds is how we can best change the world. We feel that that is what is within our control. I’m not saying it is impossible but there are a lot of outside factors that may stand in our way. As Persian poet Rumi mentions that this though makes us clever but represents yesterday’s thought. I think he says this because although it is a good goal to have it is something we do not have a lot of control over.
Now when we are wanting to change ourselves this is what Rumi says makes us wise. Why? Because we have come to the realization that this is in fact what we are in control of. Change starts with us and from within. It is our own moral compass that helps guide us to this self discovery as the world can only truly change if we are willing to change ourselves. We need to do our part and become the change we wish to see in the world.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?