Wish and pray for the world to be a better place?

Source: https://quotesgram.com/the-world-is-a-better-place-quotes/

Wish and pray for the world to be a better place?

Want your life to be easier, more comfortable, abounding with opportunities?

Hope for a promising tomorrow — a tomorrow you can look forward to?

Dream of fulfilling all your goals, provide for your family, meet their expectations and more, and above all aim for happiness and peace of mind?

YES! YES! YES! OH YES … You say as you nod along when you read the words above.

But then a number of questions spring up in your mind.

What do I do to ensure all the above happens?

Can I make this possible?

Will the world, the country, the government, the society, my family, my boss and many others, let me get where I want to go?

YES! YES! YES! OH YES … because in the end it all depends on you, your perspective, the work you are willing to put in, your values, your integrity, and the change you are willing to make in yourself.

The world can and will change, the country/society can and will change, your family circumstances can and will change — it’s just that the change has to begin from YOU.

They say BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

If you expect things around you to change for the better without working to change yourself first, you will wait forever.

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body.

If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.

This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

It was while I was doing research for an article yesterday that I came across the above story behind the above quote.

Among the hundreds of people who were waiting to visit with Mahatma Gandhi were a mother and her young son.

When it was their turn, the woman asked Gandhi ji to speak with her son about eating sugar.

Gandhi ji 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 ji once again.

Hearing her repeated request, Gandhi ji immediately spoke with the boy, who agreed to begin working to eliminate sweets. After thanking Gandhi ji 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 ji 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.

His words may have been rephrased but the meaning of the words remain the same.

Want to change your reality, want your circumstances to change?

Start with changing your attitude and the way you see the world around you — it’s a matter of perspective after all.

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