The Road To Peace Starts Within

“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made and impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could have indeed changed the world.”

-Author Unknown

Many of us feel helpless to change the current circumstances of the world. We can find many things to blame for the lack of peace and harmony we are feeling as a country right now. But we are not helpless. Each of us has the power to effect change. How? By creating the peace and harmony we want to see in the world in our own lives.

You cannot change anything outside of you, but you can effect change by changing yourself. Become aware of the energy you are sending out into the world. Stop and think: what are you sending out into the world right now? Have you found peace, harmony, love and acceptance for yourself? If so, that is what you are sharing with the world and that is very powerful. Do you feel fear, anxiety, chaos and confusion? If so, this is what you are sharing with the world and this too is very powerful.

Sometimes it is difficult to see how our individual choices impact the world around us. But in trying times remember you can make a difference by starting with yourself. Walk the path of self-discovery and become aware of all the honor, love, truth, acceptance and understanding you have within. In time you will be able to extend this feeling to your family, your neighbors and others in your life. I believe this is the most valuable gift we can give to ourselves and share with the world at this time.