I stumbled upon this quote the other day and loved it. It's from the brilliant 19th century rabbi Israel Salanter (fascinating guy! coined the idea of the "subconscious" years before Freud!) and I think it's a perfect piece of wisdom:
"When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town, so, as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize that 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 could have made an impact on our town. The town's impact could have changed the nation, and I could indeed have changed the world."
Now let's get to work,