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10 Gandhi Quotes That Will Inspire Your Life

10 Gandhi Quotes That Will Inspire Your Life

One of the most inspiring figures of all time is Mahatma Gandhi, known for a variety of humanitarian accomplishments. Not the least of which was leading India in its quest to attain independence from the British Empire in the 1930’s and 40’s. Renowned around the world for his peaceful methods, Gandh is a tremendous example we could all stand to learn from. The following 10 quotes are eye-opening reminders to be our very best, and be more welcoming to others.

Happiness Really Is Free

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

For those of us that struggle to feel content in our day-to-day lives, this is a powerful prompt to enjoy the journey, rather than just the destination.

Justice Will Prevail

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

When the state of humanity has you down, this Gandhi quote is a stirring reminder not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Not only that, it shows us that doing good in small capacities makes all the difference.

Love Is Priceless

“Where there is love there is life.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

When facing day-to-day struggles, it can be easy to lose track of what’s really important in life. This uplifting quote is a token of the things we should really value.

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    Our Differences Are Insignificant

    “God has no religion.” 

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    In an increasingly diverse world, new disagreements and stereotypes are sure to arise. However, Gandhi got it right when he reminded us that our differences are trivial in the face of the big picture.

    Turn The Other Cheek

    “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” 

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    This inspiring Gandhi quote reminds us all to turn the other cheek, since revenge ultimately only takes a toll on society.

    You Are In Control Of You

    “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” 

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    This moving thought that we are in control of who hurts us is an empowering reminder to control your own destiny.

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      Good People Outnumber The Bad

      “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” 

      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      Similarly, this uplifting Gandhi quote reminds us that no matter how dark life looks, there is plenty of good in the world.

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      Our Actions Should Back Up Our Beliefs

      “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” 

      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      As new advances make it easier to see more of what’s going on in the world, we must remember that negative actions in the name of something good are still negative. This passionate Gandhi quote reminds us to look at the effects of our actions, not just our intent.

      No One Is Perfect

      “It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      In a similar way, this Gandhi quote tells each of us to keep our egos in check. Though accomplishments may move us forward, how we treat others defines who we truly are.

      Never Give Up

      “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” 

      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      When you are facing a challenge, this Gandhi quote will remind you that any endeavor is difficult until the moment it’s over.

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        Everyone Matters

        “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” 

        ― Mahatma Gandhi

        Finally, this inspiring Gandhi quote reminds each of us that though our station in life may be inconsequential in a macro sense, a healthy society requires citizens doing good every day. Even if we are not the most important or notable members of society, each of us has a role to play in the world growing friendlier, more welcoming, and more peaceful.

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        Last Updated on May 21, 2019

        How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

        How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

        For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

        If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

        Example 1

        You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

        You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

        In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

        Example 2

        You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

        People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

        You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

        Example 3

        You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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        The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

        Example 4

        You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

        Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

        If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

        Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

        • Understand your own communication style
        • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
        • Communicate with precision and care
        • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

        1. Understand Your Communication Style

        To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

        In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

        Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

        2. Learn Others Communication Styles

        Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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        If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

        “How do you prefer to receive information?”

        This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

        To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

        3. Exercise Precision and Care

        A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

        On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

        Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

        I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

        I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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        In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

        The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

        Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

        4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

        Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

        In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

        “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

        Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

        Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

        It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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        It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

        It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

        Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

        Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

        The Bottom Line

        When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

        I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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