The Parable About Changing the World

Filed in Living by on August 25, 2016 0 Comments

Sometimes you don’t need to try to change the world—just changing something about yourself will suffice.


Once upon a time there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day he went for a trip to some distant areas of his country. When he was back at his palace, he complained that his feet were very sore, because it was the first time he went for such a long trip, and the road he traveled was very rough and stony. He then ordered his people to cover every road of the entire country with leather.

This would require thousands of cows’ skin, and would cost a fortune.

Then one of his wise servants dared to tell the king, “Why do you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money? Why don’t you just cut a little piece of leather to cover your feet?”

The king agreed to his suggestion, to make a “shoe” for himself, which solved his problem much more easily.


Do you have a “problem” with the world, and are trying to solve it by changing everyone and everything around you? Would you possibly be better off making a small adjustment to yourself—your attitude, or your heart?

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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