Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, would have celebrated his 186th birthday this week. He once wrote this:
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Or herself! I long for change, for a better world, and I know I’m not alone in that. Humans have been doing unspeakable damage to the natural world, and to one another, since long before Tolstoy’s birth in 1828. And not just the big stuff, but also all those small daily things we think and say and do; the ways in which we hurt other people, whether intentionally or not. Tolstoy’s words here take us to the heart of the problem: changing the world means changing people. We have to be willing to live differently for the good of all. And, since I can’t change anyone else – beyond trying to encourage that process – changing the world needs to start right here with me today.