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drawing: Mahatma GandhiWalking the Talk

“We must become the change
we want to see in the world.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

 

It is said that true change is possible only when it begins inside the person who is advocating it. Then-Senator Al Gore included in his book, “Earth in the Balance,” this short story:

It was Gandhi who once said, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” Gandhi, 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, Gandhi 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 returned, Gandhi spoke with him and suggested that he stop eating sugar. When the boy complied with Gandhi’s suggestion, his mother thanked Gandhi extravagantly - but asked him why he had insisted on the two-week interval. “Because,” he replied, “I needed the two weeks to stop eating sugar myself.”

Like Gandhi, we must each recognize the importance of leading by example. Measure us not by what we say, but rather, by what we do.

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