In the 1930’s there was a young boy who had become addicted to and obsessed with eating sugar. His mother decided to get help from the young boy’s idol – Mahatma Ghandi. The mother took the long and hot journey with her son walking many miles and hours under the scorching sun.
She finally reached Gandhi’s ashram. She asked Ghandi, “Can you please tell my son to stop eating sugar because it’s bad for his health?”
Gandhi replied, “I cannot tell him that. But if you bring him back in two weeks I will talk with him then.” They returned home but the mother was absolutely perplexed and in wonder of Ghandi’s advice or lack thereof.
Two weeks later they returned to the ashram. This time Gandhi 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 try his best. The boy’s mother curiously asked “Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?”
Gandhi smiled and said “Mother, two weeks ago I was eating a lot of sugar myself.”
Take the time to think about what you are asking other people to do and see if you represent that thing in your daily or weekly life. People are always watching to see if your words and actions align…do you?