“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. 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. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Ghandi was a man true to himself, a man of peace despite the adversity that confronted him. I love this quote of his. It reminds me that we are immensely powerful and that our words and actions can have an effect on how people around us think, feel and act. You may remember events in your own life where there was tension or anger between two or more people in a room, where high emotion such as anger, hurt or similar negatives were at play. At times like this it may take just one kind word from one individual in order to bring relief where there was tension, or peace where there was war. In such a case, that one individual has exercised their power to give, and to create positive change in the process. How we choose to act and what we choose to say is a choice, and sometimes requires that we be selfless, putting our own needs aside for that moment when we see that it is within our means to create peace. Never doubt the power of your choices, and your ability to be the peacemaker in a difficult moment, where others seem to be at war.
What about you…Have you had the opportunity to help others find peace in a moment of pain? When was the last time you were able to be the voice of calm and reason in a difficult situation?