Amazing Possibilities!

It Starts with You (And Me)

The world as we know it today has been formed by the

influence and effect of individuals, men and women

just like ourselves. Similarly, our words and actions will

form the world of tomorrow. When you begin to affect

what you can affect, then you begin to have an effect.

This may all sound very simple—and that’s because it

is. If you want the world to change, you must do everything

within your power to make those changes come


A wise man was once asked, “What do you think

most needs to change in the world?” He replied, “I do.”

Most people do not consider themselves perfect, yet

even though we recognize our need to change and grow,

we often do not take a single step toward doing so.

We are held back by our fear of the unknown. We are

scared of what we might become if we change. Absurd

as it may sound, we are scared of the very thing for

which we were created: our fulfillment. We are cautious

about abandoning what we do and what we have (even

if these are self-destructive) because we have found

in these things some sense of security. Sadly, however,

these are also what hold us prisoner to our limitations.

Many of us are scared to dream for fear that we

might be disappointed. It is like a young woman who

prays and dreams every day for that special young man

to come into her life; then when he finally does, she becomes

hesitant and wary, sometimes to the point that

this confuses him and he walks away. She has focused

on the fact that one day he might leave. Sometimes we

are too hesitant to let our dreams become realities. And

what she has focused on comes true.

Matthew Kelly

From A Call to Joy

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