A short story about courage – Gandhi and Some Sugar

Oct 24 • Empowering Women, Storytelling Friday, The Brave Discussion Movement • 5465 Views • No Comments

Be The Change You Want To See In This World – Mahatma Gandhi

Courage is sometimes found in the simplest of actions. The last few days we have been sharing some very deep stories and I wondered how I might put it all into context. The Brave Discussion is about being informed, about being brave enough to speak up when the story spoken is incorrect and it is about working to change the story for the better. It is also about empowerment, empowering girls and women around the globe. I guess it is all about courage.

There is a beautiful story about Ghandi that I think exemplifies courage:

A lady brought her son and said he ate too much sugar. She wanted Gandhi to tell him to stop. Gandhi said to bring the child back the next week. The next week she brought the child and Gandhi said “Stop eating sugar child”. And the child did. A month later the lady came back and said “My child has done what you asked, but why could you not have spoken to him the first time I came.” “Lady”, said Gandhi, “a week earlier I was still eating sugar”.

This is but one tiny but poignant example of living your beliefs. We all know what is right, correct and good. We all feel better when we do the right, correct, healthy—even if our complex minds may not admit it—but how many of us truly live by example and live what we believe?

Living by example and according to your beliefs takes real courage.


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