One day a mother and her son went to visit Gandhi. The mother needed help from one of the world’s greatest leaders.

It turns out, the little boy had an obsession with sugar and she went to seek Gandhi’s help on how to break her son’s sweet addiction.

“Gandhi, my son consumes far too much sugar, will you please tell him it’s bad for his health?”

After listening to the mother’s plea patiently, Gandhi refused to give the boy advice and told her to return in two weeks.

The mother left somewhat disappointed at Gandhi’s request.

Two weeks latter they returned.

Gandhi pulled the child aside and told him it would be best if he quit eating so much sugar. The boy did his best to cut back on sweets.

The mother then pulled Gandhi aside curious as to why he needed two weeks.

Gandhi smiled to her and said “Two weeks ago I had an obsession with sugar. I needed the time to see if I could cut back myself.”

And here a powerful lesson can be learned.