A mother once brought her son to Mahatma Gandhi and said, ”Sir, please tell my son to stop eating sugar”.
Gandhi looked at the boy for a long time and then, turning towards mother, said, “Bring your son back to me in two weeks”.
The mother did not understand the rationale of the delay in instruction, but she did as she was asked. Two weeks later she and her son returned.
Gandhi looked deeply into boy‘s eyes and said, “Stop eating sugar”.
The mother was grateful, but puzzled. She asked, “Why didn‘t you tell my son to stop eating sugar two weeks ago when we were here?”
Gandhi replied, “Two weeks ago, I was eating sugar.”
“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”
~ Abraham J. Heschel