In Other Words - “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948)
Mohandas Gandhi is better known as Mahatma Gandhi. He was a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement (which spanned decades) and is known of his non-violent protests for freedom and civil rights. He was an avid writer, with his collected works totaling several volumes of text. “Mahatma” is not actual a name, but rather a title meaning “Great Soul”. It was reported to have been given to him by the author Rabindranath Tagore. According to his autobiography, however, Mr. Gandhi was not particularly comfortable with that title.
There are individuals in our lives that can be extremely frustrating. They may be an ex-spouse trying to use your children as leverage during your divorce hearings. They may be a sibling that constantly belittles you in front of your friends. Or even that annoying person at the movie theater that neglects to turn off their cellphone, even after the numerous messages, warnings, and reminders on the screen beforehand. Sadly, and yet thankfully, these are exceptionally individuals. Most people you will find are pretty much like everyone else when it comes to the larger picture. I feel that we all struggle to find that special place in this world, so we can say, “Yes. I belong.” Granted, it’s very hard to ignore those people that know how to push our buttons—those upsetting individuals that have wronged us. I mean, finding even a little dirt in your oyster can make the whole plate of them seem horrible. But it doesn’t mean there will be dirt in the other oysters. And know that under different circumstances, that dirt may have become a pearl instead.