Meaningless Goals

running-dog

A farmer had a dog that used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it.

One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a vehicle?”

The farmer replied “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he were to ever catch one?”

Many people in life behave like that dog, pursuing meaningless goals.

Never give up the struggle in life

elephant-and-rope

A man passing by the elephants suddenly stopped, with a confused expression on his face he stared at the huge creatures being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg – no thick chains, no cages. It was obvious that these elephants, if they wanted to, could easily break away from their bonds, but strangely for some reason they did not.

The man saw the elephant trainer and asked him. “Why are these animals not making an effort to get away? If they want they can easily break their bonds, isn’t it?”

With a smile on his face, the trainer responded. “Yes they can easily break their bonds. The thing is, when these elephants are young, and obviously small, we use the same size rope to tie them. At that age, that rope is sufficient to hold them. As they grow up, they believe that they cannot break away. They still believe that the rope can hold them and hence they make no effort to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, held by only a small rope, many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before.

There is nothing wrong with failure, just don’t make it a habit. The important thing in life is we should never give up struggle.

Things that happen around us

girl-with-sad-face

It looks as if my problems are never going to end. Just as one problem gets solved, another one soon follows. I am sick and tired of fighting and struggling all the time.” Neeta, a 19 year old college student, complained.

Neeta’s father, Suresh Kumar, runs a restaurant in the neighbourhood. He had just returned home after a long and tiring day. He listened patiently to his daughter and sensed urgency in her voice.

“Come with me.” Suresh Kumar told Neeta and took her to the kitchen.

Potato-Eggs-Coffee.jpgSuresh Kumar filled three pots with water and placed each on high flame. Once the pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in the first pot, eggs in the second and ground coffee beans in the third.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her he asked. “What do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee.” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

“Take an egg and break it.” He said.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

“Now have a sip of coffee.” He told.

The rich aroma of the coffee finally brought a smile to Neeta’s face.

“What does this mean papa?” she asked.

kitchen-pots

The potatoes, eggs and ground coffee beans each faced the same adversity – the boiling water.” He explained. “However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong and hard but in boiling water, they became soft and weak.

“The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

“However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?