Leo Tolstoy tells us how change happens

“In spite of the fact that science, art, and politics had no special interest for him, he firmly held those views on all these subjects which were held by the majority and by his paper, and he only changed them when the majority changed them—or, more strictly speaking, he did not change them, but they imperceptibly changed of themselves within him.” –  Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina

Change is gradual. Usually so gradual it’s imperceptible. Our environment – both what we consciously chose and what we chose a long time ago and is now unconscious – shapes us, changes us. Like a seashell becoming sand, the exact moment can’t be pinpointed.

Two things to remember:

1 – Make your choices wisely and deliberately. We are what we repeatedly do, as Will Durant said. That includes the quality of food, news, interactions, exercise, everything.

2 – It’s pointless to be frustrated that a change you want to make isn’t noticeably happening. Whether it’s something you want to change about yourself, someone else, or a culture, Tolstoy reminds us “they imperceptably change of themselves.”

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