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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. ― Rumi

Source: Change

I enjoy Rumi. He wrote poetry that yielded lasting messages.

We live in a world where people want to change the world, rather than themselves. However, the world changes when we change ourselves. I transform and move beyond who I was, even the second before. As I change, my view of the world shifts and the world appears new to me.

It reminds me of Marcel Proust‘s quote: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Leaders who believe they can change the world for others are mere managers. Leaders change the world for themselves and invite others to join them in sharing their view of the world. There are not two identical views.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

13 responses »

  1. I’m wondering if they don’t say that to get people to stop questioning authority?

  2. I struggle with this. I try to change, when I can. But when I see such poverty and war and discrimination, I want to change the world. I know it’s not possible except in my own small ways. I help where I can, I speak and work against war and oppression, and I am actively anti-racist. If I can influence just one, I will have done well.

  3. change is difficult but it keeps happening right under us

  4. Changing oneself is changing the world…if only more people would understand that!

  5. People can exhaust themselves working so hard to be better people as though their mere physical efforts will change the world. But it is the inward Un – worked for change of heart and mind and human spirit that effortlessly achieves the more physical and material changes in individuals. A natural flow that brings about natural inner peace and the outward flow of energy that gently and positively changes our world around us without the need for personal struggle and heavy burden of responsibility that so often leads to depression for its bearer. Relax…breathe deep! Smile and the world will smile with you! 😀


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