The other day I heard a story about Gandhi that helped me understand one of the many blind spots in walking The Path of the Heart…
A mother needed help with her little boy who had an obsession with sugar so she went to seek Gandhi’s help. “Gandhi, my son consumes far too much sugar, will you please tell him to stop eating sugar?”, she said. Gandhi refused to give the boy advice and told her to return in one month. The mother left somewhat disappointed.
A month later they returned and when she asked Gandhi again, he immediately pulled the child aside and told him it would be best if he quit eating so much sugar. The mother then pulled Gandhi aside curious as to why he needed a month. Gandhi smiled to her and said, “A month ago I was eating a lot of sugar myself.”
After listening to this story, I wondered in what areas of my life am I giving other people including my clients advice that I myself am not following. What I realized is that I don’t always do what I tell others to do.
For example, just the other day I suggested to a client that she forgive a friend who had pulled away and stopped returning her phone calls and emails. Later on in the week, I saw myself in a situation where a friend had done exactly the same, yet I felt so unwilling to forgive them. I called myself out on it, and though I’ve still not done the forgiveness work I know I need to do, I’m learning that when I do walk my talk, instead of talking my walk, I feel more loving, peaceful and confident and from that place I can be of better service to others.
So my question to you this week is, in what areas of your life are you not walking your talk? It what areas of your life are you telling others to stop eating sugar while you stuff yourself with your favorite sweets?
Answering these questions might guide your next steps along your path.
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