Be the Change you Want to See in Others – Florence Scovel-Shinn

Daily Vigilance - Be the Change you Want to See in Others People have said to me, “Give treatments to change my husband, or my brother.” I reply, “No, I will give treatments to change you; when you change, your husband and your brother will change.”

One of my students was in the habit of lying. I told her it was a failure method and if she lied, she would be lied to. She replied, “I don’t care, I can’t possibly get along without lying.”

One day she was speaking on the ’phone to a man with whom she was very much in love. She turned to me and said, “I don’t trust him, I know he’s lying to me.” I replied, “Well, you lie yourself, so someone has to lie to you, and you will be sure it will be just the person you want the truth from.” Sometime after that, I saw her, and she said, “I’m cured of lying.”

I questioned: “What cured you?”

She replied: “I have been living with a woman who lied worse than I did!”

One is often cured of his faults by seeing them in others.

Life is a mirror, and we find only ourselves reflected in our associates.

Living in the past is a failure method and a violation of spiritual law.

Jesus Christ said, “Behold, now is the accepted time.” “Now is the day of Salvation.”

Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.

Side Note:
Be the change you want to see in the world.

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