“Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself.” Rumi
Truer words have rarely been spoken. A career in education working as a change agent schooled me well in learning that all I can actually change in the world is myself. This is a difficult life lesson and one I am working to really live. Setting aside the push and pull of the personal ego long enough to meet the inner humility I need to grasp this, is a constant exercise. Through some inward grace, I begin to experience the freedom inherent in seeing change through this lens. I have small moments that teach me anew how central this attitude is to an awareness from the heart.
Most recently, I had a small exchange in the grocery store that taught me again. I commented to the check out clerk that the sun was shining and it was glorious with no sign of the forecasted rain. The clerk shared that she longed for the rain to relieve her allergies to the dreadful pollen. Apparently, other medications she requires prevent her being able to seek relief through allergy medication. As I left, I said that I too would now hope the rain would come and that when it did, I would think of her and smile.
In that little moment, I was able to see the beauty of a potential rain and to value it. I was granted a new perspective on the day and offered a chance to change my attitude out of compassion for another.
I evolve in really miniscule ways and my willingness to change through love and compassion guide me in shifting my perspective and attitude; and from there, myself – the only thing I truly can change.