One should change himself before changing others

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It is quite common that we come across many people who always blame others fault, for not having a better world to live. But, one has to think of the fact whether he himself is contributing to that or not?

Once, a lady went to Swami Vivekananda and told him that her son eat lots of sugar everyday and she requested to change her son by his words. Then, Vivekananda asked them to come after 4 days. After 4 days, she came with her son, and Swamiji explained the bad effects of eating more sugar to the boy and asked him to stop consuming more sugar, for which the boy agreed. Before leaving, that lady asked him the reason behind asking them to come after 4 days. Then, Vivekananda explained, “Actually, I too have a habit of consuming more sugar. If I don’t change myself, I am not eligible to ask someone else to change. That’s why I asked for 4 days time.”

Change don’t come just because of outer forces, it should come from within. Unless we change ourselves for a cause, we can’t see change. For example, everyone needs trees for shade and fresh air, in such a case, we ourselves have to start planting and protecting trees. Then only, we can motivate others also.

Regards,

Chandra

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