"We can never exert the influence over others which we can exert over ourselves. If we are better, if we show love, patience, and understanding of the weaknesses of others; if we seek to never criticize but rather encourage, others will do likewise….” (Shoghi Effendi: Lights of Guidance, p. 83)
"You're familiar with the command to the ancients, 'Do not murder.' I'm telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother 'idiot!' and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell 'stupid!' at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill." - Matthew 5:21-22
Start taking steps today, however small, to transform yourself for it's through the transformed individual that our communities are able to transform. Respond to all that negativity in your life with love. You never know who's watching you and looking for positive examples of how to change their life. We have to start learning from each other's mistakes and stop waiting until tomorrow to take the first step towards a fresh start.