“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
These words by Mahatma Gandhi are one of the most quoted in the world. They are profound, packed with so much insight, meaning, and inspiration. However, what’s often not known, is the story behind the quote.
The story goes that there were thousands of people waiting to see Gandhi, among them was a mother with her young boy. This particular mother wanted Gandhi to speak to her son about his insatiable consumption of sugar.
When Gandhi her this from the boy’s mother, he asked the to come back in two weeks time. Strange, she thought. Why not just talk to him that particular moment? Why were they being asked to make the journey again? The mother agreed to come back.
Two weeks later, the mother brought her boy back to see Gandhi, and after waiting a few hours, Gandhi finally saw them. He instructed the boy to stop eating sweets, to which the boy agreed.
Very thankful for the advice, the mother just had one question: Why couldn’t have Gandhi told the boy that two weeks prior? What was the difference?
Gandhi answered, ” Two weeks ago when you visited me I too was eating sugar.” Gandhi explained that he could not talk to the boy about not eating sugar if he himself had not done the same.
Lesson # 1: Changing the world begins with small personal actions first.
The change you want to see around you starts with you.
Lead by example.
Let your actions become your loudest words.
Allow your actions to become a reflection of those things you want to see change in the world around you.
Make a life-long commitment to change you want to see in the world.
Lesson #2: Never underestimate the power of little personal steps of change.
Your small actions can actually to extraordinary movements.
Every big movement began with someone taking a stand for what they believed.
Small actions become contagious.
You and I have the power to change the world. There’s nothing we can’t try to figure and make better. However, nothing will really change around us if doesn’t change inside us first.