Today is Gandhi’s birthday. No, this time I don’t mean the turtle, I mean the beloved and iconic human rights leader also known as the father of India. If he hadn’t been assassinated in 1948 , today he’d be a spry 140 years old.
I bring this up because Gandhi was the man. He stood up for his beliefs, took the punishment, advocated compassion and turning the other cheek. His famed quotation “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” finds its way into Half The Sky. It’s a big concept to think about and a hard one to enact: don’t look for someone else to do it, don’t sit back and watch, don’t complain- be the change yourself. Or as Aretha Franklin put it “TCB.”
Here’s to being compassionate and proactive . And as for Gandhi the turtle, we celebrate his birthday on the same day as mine.