Saturday, December 20, 2008
Bayazid once said of himself:
"I was a revolutionary when I was young. I always prayed to God: “Lord, give me the force to change the world”. As I grow older, I realized that after all those years, I was not able to change a single thing.
My prayers as an adult were different: “Lord, please give me the strength to change some of those with whom I am constantly in touch, even if it just be my family and friends.'
Now that I am old and my days are numbered, I am beginning to realize that I have been such a fool all my life. Now I only pray for one thing: 'Lord, please give me the grace to change myself.'
“If only I had asked this from the very beginning, I would not have wasted my entire life away."
Everyone wants to change the world. But almost nobody wants to start by changing himself.
-Anthony de Mello, The Bird's Song