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Gift of Life

A Compilation of Inspirational Stories and Anecdotes

5. You See The Way You Are (When our paradigms change, our life too changes.)

Once a consultant was returning by train from a tiring business trip. It was late in the evening and the co-passengers were preparing to retire Ė some reading newspapers, some finishing supper, and some resting with their eyes closed.

On the next station, a middle-aged man entered the coach with his three kinds. The children were so noisy and mischievous that they disturbed the entire coach. The father sat down next to the consultant and closed his eyes, as if ignorant of the chaos created by his kids. The children were shouting at each other, throwing things, even grabbing newspapers from people. And yet, the father did nothing.

It was difficult not to feel irritated. The consultant could not believe that a father could be so insensitive as to let his children run wild like that and do nothing about it, taking no responsibility at all. It was very obvious that everyone else in the each were equally irritated. So finally, he turned to the father and said, "Sir, your children area really disturbing a lot of people. I wonder if you couldnít control them a little more?"

The man lifted his eyes as if he became aware of the situation for the first time and said softly, " Oh, youíre right. I guess I should do something about it. We just came from the hospital where their mother died about an hour ago. I donít know what to think, and I guess they donít know how to handle it either."

Can you imagine what the consultant felt at the moment?

His perspectives changed. Suddenly, he saw things in a completely different light. His behavior changed drastically. His irritation vanished. His heart was filled with feelings of sympathy and compassion.

"Your wife just died? Oh, Iím so sorry! Can you tell me about it? What can I do to help you?"

Everything changed in an instant.

Gift of Life Home (Table of Contents)

Previous Chapter: 4. People Are What You Are (You are as you see)

Next Chapter: 6. How To Achieve, What You Want To (Where there is a will there is a way.)

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Gift of Life is a compilation of stories, anecdotes and articles by Raju Baby Thaluvachira, India

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