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Change the world by changing me


The Sufi Bayazid says this about himself:

I was a revolutionary when I
was young and all my prayer to God was
‘Lord give me the energy to change
the world.’

As I approached middle age and realized
that half my life was gone without my
changing a single soul, I changed my
prayer to ‘Lord, give me the grace to
change all those who come in contact
with me. Just my family and friends,
and I shall be satisfied.’

Now that I am an old man and my days
are numbered, my only prayer
is, ‘Lord, give me the grace to change
myself.’ If I had prayed for this right
from the start I would not have wasted
my life.

— Bayazid Bistami