Thinking Out Loud: Words Get In the Way

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Words often get in the way of our thinking and our communication. 21st century Millennials seem to be so caught up in their ear buds, and background “white” noise that sometimes, silence is deafening. Have you ever been a part of a meeting where there is a moment when no one is talking? Some people begin to squirm and make involuntary twitches. Time is needed for silence to listen – not to voices or media but to listen! Mahatma Gandhi had no illusions of grandeur but he became the unofficial leader of the Indian people in the struggle for independence and civil rights. He inadvertently took on a cause which swept him along in his journey. It was fortuitous that he did not have, initially, a clear direction but stated, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

So, in our quest for happiness, we must look down different roads to find the right path. Gandhi believed that happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony with you. The crucible for many is to find our heart beat and our pattern. It is from there that we can start to be personally relevant and meaningful in our lives and the lives of others. We need to be the change we wish to see in others. Gandhi sensed the urgency of life when he eloquently stated, “Live as you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”.

This great man, the owner of a dhoti, his spectacles and sandals always exhorted others to hurry up and slow down- “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” We can all benefit from Gandhi’s example of exemplary servitude to others. He never gave up and never lost faith in others. He stated, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”.

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2018-07-08T07:35:47+00:00 February 15th, 2015|Thinking Out Loud|