Start With Yourself
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 as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: if I had only 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.
R AND R SUNDAY
My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
Peace, even just a few moments of being truly at ease, seems very, very hard to come by sometimes. There are just too many options for doing something right now! Slowing down becomes a luxury.
Today our inward peace may be threatened with interruption. A friend may offer a disappointing comment or a message may pop up that invites unkindness.
With the abundance of media channels available these days, I could easily find myself in communication overload with little time for contemplation and silence.
Taking those moments to stay at peace are a luxury, but one that most of us can afford. Truly we cannot afford to go without them.
Peace comes when we decide that it isn't just a luxury -- it is a necessity. I found out through lots of trial and error that I needed peaceful moments and often a whole day just so I could be the best I could be for the rest of the week. When I'm tired and weary, there is only one way to change that. Rest and relaxation are rejuvenating. They restore my body, mind and soul.
A single moment of peace can bring waves of change
When I take a few moments to rest, my mind clears and I'm able to think more clearly. When I take a day, like I usually do on Sundays, I'm renewed. The daily tasks before me will be done with a lot more ease and certainty. When I'm refreshed, anything seems possible.