Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma : Life of Gandhi 1869-1948 (1968) Reel 13 Response to a journalist’s question about what his message to the world was.
Sigh … I am already tired just thinking about trying to compare my life to that of Gandhi. He’s ahead in the running, if you did not already know.
I recently made a fairly obvious pain of myself in a meeting. The reasons included some valid stress from the illness of a loved one and some rather immature jealousy of another person.
Whatever the reasons, my behavior was poor. I was testy and somewhat confrontational, with a touch of “miffed” thrown in.
Whatever my reasons, what others saw was how I acted and how I interacted.
In the world of psychology, the term “incongruence” seems to fit this best. My behaviors did not fit the image I have of myself.
I sense a clear and simple message here from Gandhi:
1) What you do matters
Your actions are important, since they are the outward manifestation of what you believe important and worth your energy and time.
2) Others are aware of what you do
Other may not know what you think or how you feel, but they can see what you do. Your choices and decisions which result in action are there for others to see and judge.
3) You will be remembered for what you do
Images make strong impressions. What actions are you taking every day that will stick in people’s memories?
So the real question is this:
What message are your actions sending to others?
Trying to act in a more admirable fashion in the Heartland ….