Be the change you want to see (Thought for the day)

India’s father of Nation Gandhi used to meet various types of people in his Ashram(Hermitage), located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, adjoining the Ashram Road, on the banks of the River Sabarmati.  There was always a long queue of people to meet Gandhi and to speak with him. On that day, a woman came with his son. She was upset that her son was eating too much sugar and candies. No matter how much she chided him, he continued to satisfy his sweet tooth. Being much annoyed, she decided to take her son to see his great hero Gandhi and brought to Ashram. She approached the great leader respectfully and said,
“Sir, my son eats too much candies and sugar. It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?”
Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, turned and spoke to her son, “Go home and come back in two weeks.”.
The woman looked confused and surprised why he had not advised the boy to stop eating candies and sugar. She was upset that no use for standing in the queue for a long time and went home.
Two weeks later, she came again with her son. Gandhi noticed and signaled them to come forward. He looked directly at the boy and said,
“Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”. The boy nodded his head and promised he would not continue this habit any more. 
The boy’s mother turned to Gandhi and asked,
“Babuji! Why didn’t you tell him this advice two weeks ago, when I brought him here to see you?. ”
Gandhi smiled,
“Mother, two weeks ago like your son, I was still eating sweets myself.  To advise him not to eat sweet, in these two weeks I stopped taking sweets completely. Now, I have earned the eligibility to advise your son. For that only, I asked you to come after two weeks”
It is very easier job to advise others but at the same time, we should ask ourselves whether we have the aptness to advise others by making ourselves as a positive role model and as a change what we expect to see. 

“Be the change you want to see in the World”

Learn before you teach
Hear before you speak 
Change yourself before to change others

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  (Proverbs 22:6)
"The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him."  (Proverbs 23:24)
"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."  (Ephesians 6:4)


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