Let it begin with me

These are words I have recently heard and that really struck a chord within me.
A simple statement that speaks volumes.
I often find myself wishing that someone would be kinder, considerate or more loving and thoughtful.
But if I can stop and remind myself of these words, it changes everything. Let it begin with me.
When I am stressed over bills and money, am I considering others who are in far greater need? Let it begin with me. Generosity also begins with me.
You see, I still struggle every day with wanting to control. Control the way others act or behave. Control how others think. Control my circumstances.
But I need to see that I do not yet have myself under control. I need to let that begin with me as well.
Please know that the same thing applies here in my words. Yes, I hope you may benefit from my words. But the learning, the lessons, the practice, needs to begin with me.
I have many struggles, and fall short of mindfulness and loving kindness every day. What I do have is a strong determination. Someday I may look back at these things I have written and wonder how I was so unskilled, uneducated and without wisdom. I say this because I know I have so much more to learn.
But I am trying, and I know many of you are too. We are in this together. This World, the community, our Family and friends. We are connected on a deep level, I feel the love and compassion more every day. I feel it from you and towards you. In this way I know I am on the right path.
I am thankful that you listen to me, and that you share your thoughts and love with me. You support me, inspire me, and humble me.

May you all be blessed. May you be well, happy and peaceful.