Be the Instrument

When I was younger, I played the flute and piccolo. Before I decided to major in psychology instead of music, I became pretty proficient as a flautist. But if the flute was just sitting on my bed or in it’s case, it didn’t make music. I had to pick it up and play it to make the music.

The same principle applies when we think about our lives. It’s very clear to me that I don’t actually help people. I understand that I am just the tool or instrument that is available to help them effect change in their lives.

Saint Francis used to pray “Make me an instrument of thy peace”. Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

They weren’t asking for peace or change to be granted to them. They both understood that to have something, we must become active in the direction we want to go.

So if you want something in your life to change, or if you’re upset about the way things are in the world right now, decide what it is you would rather see in the world. Then work on exhibiting those qualities. What we put out into the world is what we get back.