" It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. "
(Theodore Roosevelt; April 23, 1910)
" Mahatma Ghandi said it well: "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." And a story about Ghandi - recounted by Craig Schindler and Gary Lapid - provides a good illustration of how hard it is to "be the change." Ghandi, we are told, was approached one day by a woman who was deeply concerned that her son ate too much sugar. "I am worried about his health," she said. "He respects you very much. Would you be willing to tell him about its harmful effects and suggest he stop eating it?" After reflecting on the request, Ghandi told the woman that he would do as she requested, but asked that she bring her son back in two weeks, no sooner. In two weeks, when the boy and his mother returned, Ghandi spoked with him and suggested that he stops eating sugar. when the boy complied with Ghandi's suggestion, his mother thanked Ghandi extravagantly - but asked him why he had insisted on the two-weeks interval."Because," he replied, "I needed the two weeks to stop eating sugar myself."
(Earth in the Balance, Al Gore, 1993)
Further Reading: Be The change (A post written a long time ago)
We bear witness that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger.
We acknowledge that the purpose of our lives is none but to worship Allah
And our intended role on this earth is as His Khalifah.
Thus, we, the Muslim Youth of Today,
Do hereby pledge that we will strive to do all we can to uphold this responsibility
And make this world a better place for all creations.
We believe there is hope for the future
And we seek Allah’s guidance in realising that hope!
Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!