I have heard this story before. This morning it comes again to me in a book I picked up not by accident, Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.
A mother brought her young son to Mahatma Gandhi. She begged, “Please, Mahatma. Tell my son to stop eating sugar.”
Gandhi paused, then said, “Bring your son back in two weeks.” Puzzled, the woman thanked him and said that she would do as he had asked.
Two weeks later, she returned with her son. Gandhi looked the youngster in the eye and said, “Stop eating sugar.”
Grateful but bewildered, the woman asked, “Why did you tell me to bring him back in two weeks? You could have told him the same then.”
Gandhi replied, “Two weeks ago, I was eating sugar.”
I have a lot of work to do.