A mother was desperate.
Her son ate too much sugar — to the point that the mother was worried about his health.
She had to do something. She tried everything. Nothing worked.
She was out of ideas, save for one: maybe the boy’s beloved idol could help.
One day the mother and the young boy set out on foot to go see the boy’s idol. They walked for three hours, with a scorching hot sun bearing down upon them the entire way.
Sweaty and exhausted, the mother and the boy finally reach their destination: the ashram of the boy’s idol: Mahatma Gandhi.
“Bapu,” the mother said, “Please help me convince my son to stop eating so much sugar. Please tell him how unhealthy it is for him.”
Gandhi looked at the mother, then at the boy. He took a moment to consider.
“Come back in three days,” Gandhi said. “I will talk to your son then.”
As she wiped sweat from her brow, the mother nodded. She took the boy by the hand and they walked home.
Three days later, the mother and the boy made the same arduous trek back to see Gandhi. When they arrived, Gandhi was ready with his response.
He looked at the boy.
“Stop eating so much sugar,” Gandhi said. “It is bad for your health.”
The boy agreed. How could he not? One thousand requests from his mother could not equal this one from his idol.
The mother was ecstatic. Her objective had been achieved. But she was perplexed nonetheless.
“Bapu, thank you, but why could you not have said that three days ago?”
“I was not qualified to advise the boy. At that time, I too was eating lots of sugar.”
Creating content online means having an honest conversation with an audience.
It may also mean providing an honest example to a team of writers, if you employ one.
A servant leader is ever mindful of this.
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do. ~ Gandhi
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