Success is finding satisfaction in giving a little more than we take. Let us change ourselves to what we want to see in the world.

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world, that is the myth of the atomic age, but being able to remake, control and master ourselves.

Understanding others is knowledge, understanding oneself is enlightenment; conquering others is power, conquering oneself is strength. Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

If we change ourselves, our world will change. If we change how we think, then we will change how we feel and what actions we take and so the world around us will change. It is because we are now viewing our environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions; but also because the change within can allow us to take action in ways we wouldnít have, or maybe even have not thought about while stuck in our old thought patterns.

He who is attached to things will suffer much. Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

The problem with changing our outer world without changing ourselves is that, we will still be us when we reach that change we have strived for. We will still have our flaws, anger, negativity, self-sabotaging tendencies etc. intact. We still not find what we hoped for since our mind is still seeping with that negative stuff. If we get more without having some insight into and distance from our ego, it may grow more powerful. Since our ego loves to divide things, to find enemies and to create separation it may start to try to create even more problems and conflicts in our life and world.

One of the best lessons we can learn in life is to master how be remain calm; to be ourselves; people donít have to like us and we donít have to care.

I have learned to take care of myself by regular exercise, eating my favorite healthy food, cry if I need too, learn something new, take a vacation, pray regularly, doing what I love and what I need to do and watch my words when dealing with others because at the end of the day, we are all we have got. Yes we can have no smaller nor greater mastery than master ourselves. The height of our success is gauged by our self-mastery and the depth of our failure by our self-abandonment. I have also learned that if we cannot established dominion over ourselves, we will have no dominion over others.

By Tim Pedrosa

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)