It is said that around 1100 A.D. a monk anonymously authored a poem that still has an amazing impact today. Whether you are interested in – inclusion, diversity, fighting unconscious bias, breaking a cycle of sexism, helping to fight against racism, human rights, LGBT discrimination, accessibility, unemployment for the deaf, blind, autistic – or one of the many other things that we are fighting in the world it all starts with you. We must focus on how we change ourselves so that we can change the world. The poem goes as follows:
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.
Conscious inclusion creates natural diversity…and it starts with a choice. Be inclusive…it’s your choice.