Thanks to Henrik Edberg from positivityblog.com for his favorite advice from Mahatma Gandhi. First, change yourself. Well, that’s where real change begins. As Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Next, you are in control. What did Gandhi say about this? “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” That coming from someone who you might say got hurt, a lot. That’s an attitude that truly inspires.
Third, “Forgive and let it go.” And, as he explained, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Number four takes a turn outwards: “Without action you aren’t going anywhere.” Some mistakenly believe that it’s enough to think good thoughts to bring change to the world. Yes, being comes before doing… but there must also be doing!
Five is “Take care of this moment.” If Gandhi thought it was enough for him, why couldn’t it be enough for us? Imagine, if we were really present, totally attentive to this moment. What might be discover? Number six, “Everyone is human.” That might seem profoundly unprofound. But, consider, do you hold everyone as equal, as equally human? We all have our judgments, the ways we create “others.”
Edberg’s number seven is to persist. And, again, he quotes Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Some of us live with this, others… not so much. Question: Who’s ignoring you, laughing at you, or fighting you? If no-one, you’re sleepwalking in your comfort zone.
Number eight is “See the good in people and help them.” We may believe it takes a saint to see the good in everyone but actually it just takes a detective. We look for clues… and sometimes they are elusive. So, how persistent are we?
Nine is “Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.” Author Gary Zukav has a simple acid test for this. He cautions that if you feel inferior or superior to anyone, anyone at all, you’re being inauthentic.
Finally, “Continue to grow and evolve.” This isn’t a given. We choose, and our choices create our future. Like making the choice to read this article and follow Gandhi’s advice!