I loved working for Dr. Stephen Covey in the 90’s teaching his 7-Habits of Highly Effective People nationally.
Everyday we quoted Gandhi using the video of his life as a tool to illustrate the power of having your thoughts, words and deeds congruent.
We would often say: A man is but the product of his thoughts … what he thinks, what he speaks, he becomes.
I used to tell the story of an old blind man who was sitting at the foot of a museum staircase in a busy city square, his cardboard sign read:
I am BLIND – please HELP.
He had removed the label from a small can and people would toss him a quarter here or there, not everyone would give as they passed.
He would reach out to find the quarter on his pad, put it into the can, and then is how his days would go.
One day a beautiful woman walked by briskly, she looked at his sign and passed him by . . . then . . . she circled back. She reached into her purse, not for money, she reached for her black jumbo magic marker. She grabbed his sign, knowing that you can never outperform your own self image.
A man is but the product of his thoughts … what he thinks, what he says . . . he becomes.
Harness the power of words!
As she re-wrote his sign he touched her shoes to know who was before him.
She put the sign back down next to him and went about her meeting, and circled back at the end of the day.
What she noticed is that his can was not only filled, he had 2-cans filled. S
he stood before him, he touched her shoes and asked, what did you write?
I wrote the same message as you, but I harnessed the power of words, so I re-wrote your message to say:
It is a beautiful day & I can’t see it.