Something to ponder.

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  1. looking

    looking Seedling

    Jan 27, 2005
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    Adelaide, South Australia
    When in the UK recently, we visited Westminster Abbey. I was struck by the following on a tomb.
    So much so that I wrote them down.

    "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 that 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 as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If only I had changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world."
    - The words inscribed on the tomb of an Anglican bishop in Westminster Abby (1100 A.D.).
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  3. Frank

    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

    Jan 25, 2005
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    Originally Galway, Ireland
    Thanks for sharing Craig. I know that a couple of years ago that would have been something I just read and thought was mildly interesting but now I realise that he is 100% correct. If we are not happy within ourselves how can we even begin to try to make the world happier. And that's not selfish and self-centered - it's the truth.
  4. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

    Feb 7, 2005
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    I've printed that off Craig and blown it up as I want to frame it and put in on my wall as a reminder that it's the little changes in life, and ourselves, that make the biggest impact on those around us.

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