The Unknown Monk


“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

I found it was 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 and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize 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 and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”

Apparently an old monk wrote this passage, but nobody actually knows who or when. Regardless, it’s a cool reminder that big changes begin with self-improvement, and improving the lives of those around you first.

Wishing you a great day. Be helpful and happy!
– Joel


the unknown monk

This is one of my ancestors from the 17th century, Sr. Jolercking Olearizzt. He was a wise and noble fellow who liked to ponder the meaning of life while enjoying a midday beer.