Sometimes, the simplist efforts and focus provides the greatest results. Often it is easy to look outside ourselves and see where others could do better, but perhaps the truth of the matter is, if we each focused on ourselves, the change we are looking for in the world would manifest itself.
If I had only changed myself first...
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 closes 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.