You must be the change that you wish to see in the world


‘So many of us have heard and been moved by Gandhi’s quote. But even as we have quoted, cited, coached it and counseled with it, we don’t often hear the story behind it. Among the hundreds of people were waiting to visit with Mahatma Gandhi were a mother and her young son. When it was their turn, the woman asked Gandhi to speak with her son about eating sugar. Gandhi asked her to come back in two weeks and said he would talk to the boy then. She wondered why he didn’t just speak to her son when he was already there, but she complied with his request. In two weeks they returned, and after waiting for a couple of hours, she was able to approach Gandhi once again. Hearing her repeated request, Gandhi immediately spoke with the boy, who agreed to begin working to eliminate sweets. After thanking Gandhi for his wise and compassionate words, the mother asked him why he wanted them to return instead of offering his advice the first time. Gandhi replied, “Upon your visit two weeks ago I too was eating sugar.” He explained that he could not speak of or teach her son to not eat sugar if he himself had not taken that journey.’ This great story teaches people that before they tell others what to do, they themselves should have done that work or they must do it before they offer advice to others.  In other words, if we don’t do something ourselves we cannot ask or make others to do the same thing. Besides, how can we expect others to do things while we are different or even don’t take steps to do what we ask others. If we put a close look to history and background of the great leaders in the world like Gandhi and Mandela and so on we realize that they were the once who showed to all the people that if they want to see a difference in their lives, societies, and even in the world they should be the starter of such works and as they move on, they can encourage, ask, convince others to join them to the journey that they take. On the other hand, things don’t change by themselves and if someone wants something he/she needs to set an example. When people realize that what we say we put in action too then they would be eager to apply that in their lives and before they ask others to do things first they themselves take that journey. It is very simple and unique and one needs to start it and pave the way for others by setting an example himself.

It is true and can be applied in our country too. As we know that people always blame others and point fingers towards them while they have the same problems and never do anything about themselves. If we want to see change, civilization, prosperity, and better condition of life, then each of us has got to do what we are able to do. For instance if we look to history and see how Adolf Hitler could bring such revolution we realize that what he dreamed put in action and proved to people therefore, finally he reached to what he dreamed years ago. My dear fellas, whatever changes you would like to effect in our society has to begin with you. The leaders the world has ever known are the reformers who were accountable and responsible for their own change. And the commitment for change has no day of, does not allow excuses, and doesn’t allow for pardons. And stop preaching and try practicing. It is really wonderful that we start the change in any field that we are in, then change becomes possible. Doing such tasks encourages others and makes them feel how nice it would be if they do the same work and make a difference by doing so. However, if we look to our lives and compare it to las week, month or some years we realize that many changes happened in our life and we aren’t in the same place which we were those time and our understanding, knowledge, prospective, thoughts, feeling and believes have been changed. Therefore, we can see that we have come too far between where we were and where we are now and what we wished or pictured ourselves that time became a reality. All in all, I highly recommend youngsters and youth to take the accountability and be the generation who is totally different from other generations. It means anywhere they are, whether they have limited or unlimited resources should start doing things. I know bringing change is quite difficult and the road ahead is not easy, there is a deal of work to do, and we may face obstacles, setbacks and disappointments but it is not out of the question and if we strive for it with faith and willingness I am sure we would make it happen.


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