Gandhi once said, "Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it."
I think this message is especially difficult for Americans. We are taught through television and other forms of social media that every choice we make is vitally important. For example, it is not enough to have a good pair of shoes because we need the right pair of shoes. Likewise, it is not enough to just eat because what matters is what we eat and where we eat. These choices are said to give our lives meaning. Gandhi actually wanted us to adopt two seemingly contrasting worldviews. The first worldview posits that our egos are what prevent us from doing anything of lasting importance. The only way to be of value to oneself and to the world is to see that value is itself a product of the ego. So rather than seeing people, places, and things as having value, the Mahatma taught us to see the world as priceless. Once we can accept that the world is perfect just the way it is, we can stop trying to make it into something that is more meaningful. The only way someone can achieve this worldview is by engaging fully with the challenges of relationships. That's why Gandhi said we must act. Action for him was a means of realizing the futility of the ego while mastering the talent of humble service. As he put it, "the only way to truly find yourself is to lose it in the service of others."