SELF-CARE ACT#158

read an inspirational autobiography

CATEGORY

Psychological

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TIME

1 h per day

BUDGET

$12

  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
  • An eye for an eye only ends making the world blind.
  • Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.
  • Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
  • Let not the 12 million Negroes be ashamed of the fact that they are the grandchildren of slaves. There is dishonor in being slave-owners.
  • There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

As all of you, I frequently cross Gandhi’s quotes on Facebook, on blogs, on Pinterest….

But a couple weeks ago I realized there is so little I know about this great, wise man and political leader: reminiscences of history classes and movies is all I have.

To fix this, I bought “The Story of My Experiments with Truth” his autobiography.

And yesterday, I retired to bed, laptop off, lights down and I read.

The book follows a chronological order and, so far, he’s still a young man, not Gandhi yet. He are some of the few things I didn’t know (or suspect):

  • He set himself extremely high standards
  • He was married at age 13
  • He was extremely shy
  • He worshipped truth and couldn’t stand lying. Never.
  • Before being the wise men he became, he was a jealous, possessive and commanding husband

But the thing that spoke to me the most is his honesty, his transparency and his humility: “The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should be so humble himself that even the dust could crush him”.

Well, my friends, the path is long for all of us…

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  Every time I read or watch an inspirational book, quote, movie, documentary, I’m filled with energy, passion and with the belief that every one of us can make their life meaningful and purposeful. Highly self-care feelings

MORE ABOUT THIS

I want to share with you a didactic verse that Gandhi took as one of his guiding principles. It advocates to return good for evil and I think it’s really powerful. A lot of work to get there, though…

For a bowl of water give a goodly meal

For a kindly greeting bow thou down with seal;

For a simple penny pay thou back with gold;

If thy life be rescued, life do not withhold.

Thus the words and actions of the wise regard;

Every little service tenfold they reward.

But the truly noble know all men as one,

And return with gladness good for evil done.

 

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