"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world." – Buddha
If who we are reflects what we think, what influences our thoughts? If our environment shapes what we think and what we call reality, we are a product of our thoughts that were shaped by that environment. Therefore, if we were raised in a different environment, we would not be the same people today.
If that’s true, people have very little to do with how they think and who they are. Thus, the limitations in each person’s life are directly related to the environment in which he/she developed.
Nonetheless, these restrictions are notbinding. If you would like to change, you only need put yourself in a new environment. With different influences, different insights from conversations, different surroundings you’ll gradually foster different thoughts and thereby a new self and ultimately a new world.
For many, this process may seem like a daunting task. Yet, over time, it is the process we are all part of at some point. It is the reason the world changes from one generation to the next. And it can happen everyday for any individual, family, company or nation. It all starts though, with one act of change.