Sunday, May 9, 2010

Clean Inside, Clean Outside

On most days, the last thought with which I go to sleep is this: “Did I do anything worthwhile today? Did I make good use of this precious gift of life given by God?” One should consider one’s day wasted if it is not used for at least one good deed, howsoever tiny, and for one honest attempt at self-reflection, howsoever difficult. All of us know that the world we live in is in a mess and, therefore, in need of change. But rather than complain about the darkness around us, it is better, as wise leaders from all religions have counselled us, to light a lamp. Preferably, many lamps. But the first of them has to be one’s own inner lamp. The Buddha said, “Be a light unto yourself.” The Mahatma said it differently: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
All men and women who make sincere attempts to change the world are worthy of our respect. But those who personify the change in their own being and conduct, and thus can inspire others to participate in the change process, deserve greater respect. It really does not matter if such persons lack wealth and status, or work on a small scale. After listening to, and also participating for many years in the creation of, nice-sounding promises of political and governance institutions about Big Change that often turn out to be bogus, I have now become a convert to the virtue of celebrating Small Change, which is solid and sustainable. Read More from Indian Express

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