Change – Part 2: What Gandhi says about change

by Shweta Ramkumar

Sticking to this week’s theme on the concept of CHANGE, I wanted to highlight two famous inspirational English quotes by Mahatma Gandhi about change, what it means to him and it’s impact on him and others.

“Be the change you want see in the world.”

“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.”

What it essentially represents is if we want things around us to be different, we have to create that change within ourselves. For example, if I want people to treat me with respect , kindness and appreciation instead of the opposite, I need to practice what I preach.

Obviously changes in one person isn’t going to transform the entire world upside down, but we can all inspire others and lead them by example on the changes we create and incorporate within us in order to create a gradual ripple effect.

One of the areas where I heavily inculcate this principle is in regard to my childfree choice and lifestyle. Aside from what I do professionally, I get opportunities to interact with young adults on a regular basis. Besides the academic work I do with them, we also speak about other areas of our lives and the question of whether I have kids, want kids or not inevitably comes up.

I candidly tell them the choice I’ve made, share elements of my journey with them and set an example of the fact that it is possible to live a happy, fulfilling and purposeful life without parenthood, that it’s not a mandatory requirement in life and that they need to be very self-aware and emotionally mature to decide on something so life altering instead of blindly doing it out of status quo, peer pressure or to fulfill societal norms. 

Naturally this life choice being normalised, respected, recognised and rewarded in society has a long way to go but the contributions I regularly make to the childfree community, sharing my story and conversations I have with people on this topic is small significant step in the right direction in generating significant change in this space in the long run.

What other inspirational quotes about change have you heard of?

What changes would you like to see more of in the world around you?

Hi, I'm Shweta

I coach non-native English speaking healthcare professionals how to advance in their career and build better relationships with their patients and colleagues by expressing themselves more articulately and confidently in the English language.

I work closely with healthcare professionals who work with patients regularly. I help them improve their communication skills when interacting with patients and colleagues, teach them how to show up authentically, assertively and articulately in their field of work in order for them to ultimately gain credibility, validation and respect.

If you work in a clinical role in the healthcare industry and would like to learn more about how to better connect and communicate openly with your clients / patients, book a complimentary 30 minute discovery call with me to see how I can best support you.

Shweta Ramkumar - English Language Confidence Coach

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