"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
Listen to my thoughts about Gandhi's inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite part of West Yorkshire, this time the Bingley 5-Rise Locks in West Yorkshire.
(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)
So, as I say in the video, Mahatma Gandhi's inspirational quote is one of those classic famous inspirational quotes that we all agree with, and we all (probably) struggle to apply to our lives.
It really would be so much easier if others did this first, so to speak!
Yes, the world that we experience - via our own senses and experiences, via TV, via the internet, via our friends and family in person or on the phone - this world IS our world, and our world only can only change if WE change.
So how can we improve the world? We can improve our world!
How can there be more peace in the world? There can be more peace in our world!
How can there be more love, and less pain in the world? There can be more love and less pain in our world.
And notice how Gandhi's quote actually begins with "You must be the change..." - he is commanding us to change so the world can change, not asking us to change...
But maybe you think you are not a criminal, and you don't fight in wars, so you don't contribute anything to the "murder, death and mayhem" in the world!
The truth is, we are all part of the societies we live in. We are all part of this world. We all contribute to the good, the bad and the ugly, either directly or indirectly.
To stand there and point a finger away from yourself, in the direction of the other - in the direction of anyone BUT yourself - IS contributing to the problems of the world.
This is the lack of self-honesty and accountability that fuels injustice, misunderstanding and intolerance.
And what do you think injustice, misunderstanding and intolerance fuels?
Hmm, well I'm pretty sure it contributes a great deal to "murder, death and mayhem"...
The truth is, there will always be disharmony. The real aim here is to be in harmony with this fact - to not contribute any more to the disharmony than absolutely necessary, and to not point the finger 'out there' at all the problems in the world.
That's what I say, anyway, in my (more rambling than usual) thoughts on Mahatma Gandhi's inspirational quote. But maybe you disagree (or agree wholeheartedly)?...
Yes, as ever, I'd love to hear what you think too, I really would.
I'd love to hear your wisdom, your thoughts, regarding this Mahatma Gandhi famous quotation! :-)