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Sugar for Thought

During 1930’s, a young boy had become obsessed with eating sugar. His mother was very upset with this. But no matter how much she scolded him and tried to break his habit, he continued to satisfy his sweet tooth. Totally frustrated, she decided to take her son to see his idol – Mahatma Gandhi; perhaps her son would listen to him.

She walked miles, for hours under scorching sun to finally reach Gandhi’s ashram. There, she shared with Gandhi her predicament. –
“Bapu, my son eats too much sugar. It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?”

Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, thought for a while and replied,
“Please come back after two weeks. I will talk to your son.”

The woman looked perplexed and wondered why had he not asked the boy to stop eating sugar right away. She took the boy by the hand and went home.

Two weeks later they revisited Gandhi. Gandhi looked directly at the boy and said,
“Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”

The boy nodded and promised he would not continue this habit any longer. The boy’s mother was puzzled. She turned to Gandhi and asked,
“Bapu, Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?”

Gandhi smiled,
“Mother, two weeks ago I was eating a lot of sugar myself.”

What is one thing you’d like to change about yourself? Your life?

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  • Cassie September 10, 2008, 1:07 pm

    I’d like to totally free of this smoking vice…I’ve been doing pretty good, but anything someone lights up around me, I want one sooooooooo bad!!!

  • Jaime September 10, 2008, 2:15 pm

    I would like to be free of the anxiety that can sometimes rule my life. It makes a lot of normal things very hard for me, and I want to know what it’s like to not be afraid anymore.

    • pJammy September 10, 2008, 10:52 pm

      I’m proud of you, Kaddy. Yes I is.

  • WickedCourtni September 10, 2008, 2:23 pm

    I would like to have better follow through.

    I suck at that a lot.

  • Kate September 10, 2008, 2:36 pm

    I don’t think there is much that I would want to change, the change is happening now because I am working towards my goals.

  • pecosa September 10, 2008, 3:22 pm

    One thing? My inability to be consistent.

  • WhyJustWhy September 11, 2008, 10:03 am

    One thing: I would like to be better at sticking with things. I start all these projects etc and then don’t stick with them….

  • Dre September 11, 2008, 10:52 am

    I want to be more courageous.

  • Glyphrunner September 17, 2008, 2:10 am

    I want a “save point” to be active at the beginning of my senior year of high school (knowing everything that I do now, of course). I’d change my dietary habits, keep the level of self-esteem I had, and that would also keep my girlfriend from then.

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