How to change the world

Dan Miller —  December 28, 2012 — 3 Comments

When we talk about change, here’s a good starting point:  This is an inscription on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abbey:


“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 I realize as I lie on my deathbed, if I had only changed myself first,

Then by example I might have changed my family,

From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country,

And who knows, I might have even changed the world.”


  • kimanzi constable

    I LOVE this, I find myself posting it on social media once a month.

  • Christopher Battles

    So true.
    Thank you.

    K, bye

  • Apo

    Thought provoking post….thank you for the encouragement for 2013!