Out of all Mahatma Gandhi quotes, this one pops up almost everywhere…
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.
Mahatma Gandhi is a man who lives on despite being dead for 67 years. His simplicity, generous & strong will are shining rays of hope for many. I don’t like him as much but I like the work he did. It will be his birthday in few hours and I am so sad because if only it was the day after tomorrow if it hadn’t been 2nd October on a Sunday it would have been a holiday for me. :p hahaha Jokes apart, I am really very happy.
It’s a wonderful night here. Listening to the music flowing freely from the speakers in some grounds far from my home because it’s the first day of Gujarati’s favorite festival, Navratri. I think of all the people swaying to the melodies and feel like dancing myself. Even the crickets are chirping along the music so well. Lucky guy to be born in the festive times.
Mahatma means “A Great Soul“. I wonder how Gandhi must have felt being called a Mahatma. Did he feel proud of all he had done or was he just happy and didn’t care? Ever thought how history will remember him? Imagine being a role model to some and being a nightmare for others? Never dreamt of being called “Father of The Nation” or “Baapu”? I don’t know but I like to imagine that he didn’t think about it at all. That he just selflessly did all that he could to help his fellow beings.
Today I see many complaining and suggesting how it can be a better world if someone else could change. For example, there’s too much traffic, why did that man bring his car to the market holding up all the traffic? How am I going to complete this assignment? darn that teacher. When will my colleague stop being such an ass?
I wonder since when did we start needing others to be better so our lives could be better. I mean if only “OUR” lives were to be lived by the actions of “OTHERS”… Not a bad idea, if you write a novel about it, do give my idea credits! 😛
If Gandhi was alive today, I wonder what kind of storm he would have brought. On his birthday, I like him or not I want to once again remind myself that I only need to change myself to change the world.
What happens when you decide to BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD?
- Some thought process changes. Instead of wishing, you start doing. By doing, you bring something in this world that is powerful enough to change the atmosphere around you.
- A teacher of mine once said, “Circumstances are never in your favor. You just have to do your best and keep going.” Don’t wait for things to change and be in your favor so you can do better. Don’t look for faults in others, don’t blame others to justify your bad situations. Don’t blame yourself either. Just do, do what is necessary to be better. For the change.
- One starts being happier.
- Complaints become less and one becomes more engaging.
- Being the best version of yourself is not achievable in a day, but day by day things keep changing and before you know you have a whole new life to look up and smile about.
- Believe it or not, life becomes different.
- Change is challenging. It’s tough and rewarding in its own ways.
We need not be Mahatmas but somehow we all can in our small ways start lighting up hope like the tiny lamp posts standing tall in snow, burning away, giving our warmth and light to the world and to ourselves.
I wanted the post to be 300 words long and it’s already >600. I am a firm believer in being the change I want to see in the world and somehow I can’t help but hope that no matter what things will turn out nice.
Well, Mahatma Gandhi.. I wish you a very happy 147th Birthday. I never thought I would say this but, thank you. 🙂 & my dear reader, I wish you a happy Sunday.