Uitspraak uit het boek The Flame that Transforms

“Like Gandhi, my parents had learned to find their strengths within themselves, rather than depending on exterior things for their happiness.”

Mansukh Patel: Gandhi’s life has always given me great hope. At the start of his career he was seen as a failure, an ineffective, anxiety-ridden young man hardly able even to argue a law case, let alone liberate a nation. Nevertheless, over a period of twenty to thirty years, he transformed himself into such a beacon of strenght that he brought freedom to India and inspiration to the whole world.

Day by day during this period he systematically discovered the hidden strengths we all have within. “I have not the shadow of a doubt”, he wrote towards the end of his life, “that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.”

Ever since they had known Gandhi in the 1930s and ‘40s, my parents had striven to live in the spirit of this great man’s life of service. “What is your message to the world?” a reporter once asked Gandhi. “My life is my message,” was his simple yet powerful reply. Like Gandhi, my parents had learned to find their strengths within themselves, rather than depending on exterior things for their happiness. As a result they were always positive, buoyant and free, filled with amazing creativity and, most of all, endless patience. All their lives they laboured to help others learn to do the same.

Citaat van Mansukh Patel, te vinden op pagina 72 van het boek “The Flame that Transforms – 60 Empowering Stories of Hope, Courage and Inspiration” geschreven door Savitri MacCuish, Mansukh Patel & Andrew Wells