改变,从我开始!

斯敏斯特教堂又名西敏寺(Westminster Abbey),它坐落在伦敦泰晤士河北岸,毗邻议会大厦,它是英国国教的礼拜堂,自1066年起它成为历代国王加冕与安息之地。除了王室成员外,很多名人也都安葬于此,包括牛顿、丘吉尔、达尔文等。威斯敏斯特修道院中上帝与科学家比邻而居,国王与文人相携长眠。生与死的边界在这里模糊、世俗与宗教在这里交融、王权与教权在这里碰撞、科学与神学在这里共存、人性与神性在这里同放光辉。

在教堂地下室的墓碑林中,有一块不起眼的花岗石墓碑,上面没有姓名,没有生卒年月,甚至连墓主的介绍文字也没有。在这块碑上,刻着这样的一段话:

原文:
 
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.
 
As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it, too, seemed immovable.
 
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
 
And now, as I lie on my death bed, I suddenly realize:
 
If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world.
 
译文:
 
当我年轻的时候,我的想象力从没有受到过限制,我梦想改变这个世界。
 
当我成熟以后,我发现我不能改变这个世界,我将目光缩短了些,决定只改变我的国家。
 
当我进入暮年后,我发现我不能改变我的国家,我的最后愿望仅仅是改变一下我的家庭。但是,这也不可能。
 
当我躺在床上,行将就木时,我突然意识到:
 
如果一开始我仅仅去改变我自己,然后作为一个榜样,我可能改变我的家庭;在家人的帮助和鼓励下,我可能为国家做一些事情。然后谁知道呢?我甚至可能改变这个世界。
有人说这是一篇人生的教义,有人说这是灵魂的一种自省。10多年前我初入职场,读到这篇时一笑而过,踌躇满志着要像乔布斯一样改变世界;今天再读来似乎更能产生共鸣,从好高骛远到脚踏实地,开始逐渐懂得不积硅步无以至千里的道理。当我们自身的心智模式变了,世界也会随之改变。
 
改变,从改变自己开始。回归当下,坐言立行。与诸位共勉!