Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Inspiring Story-Fruits of labour..

There once lived a rich businessman who had a lazy and 
fun loving son. The businessman wanted his son to be 
hard-working and responsible. He wanted him to realize 
the value of labour. One day he summoned his son and said: 
"Today, I want you to go out and earn something, failing 
which you won't have your meals tonight."

The boy was callous and not used to any kind of work. 
This demand by his father scared him and he went crying 
straight to his mother. Her heart melted at the sight of 
tears in her son's eyes. She grew restless. In a bid to help him 
she gave him a gold coin. In the evening when the father 
asked his son what he had earned, the son promptly presented 
him the gold coin. The father then asked him to throw it into 
a well. The son did as he was told.

The father was a man of wisdom and experience and guessed 
that the source of the gold coin was the boy's mother. The next
 day he sent his wife to her parent's town and asked his son to go 
and earn something with the threat of being denied the night meals 
if he failed. This time he went crying to his sister who sympathized 
with him and gave him a rupee coin out of her own savings. 

When his father asked him what he had earned the boy tossed 
the rupee coin  at him. The father again asked him to throw 
it in a well. The son did it quite readily. Again the father's wisdom 
told him that the rupee coin was not earned by his son. 
He then sent his daughter to her in-laws' house. He again asked 
his son to go out and earn with the threat that he shall not 
have anything for dinner that night.

This time since there was no one to help him out; the son was forced 
to go to the market in search of work. One of the shopkeepers there 
told him that he would pay him two rupees if he carried his trunk to 
his house. 

The rich man's son could not refuse and was drenched 
in sweat by the time he finished the job. His feet were trembling and 
his neck and back were aching. There were rashes on his back. 
As he returned home and produced the two rupee note before his 
father and was asked to throw it into the well, the horrified son 
almost cried out. He could not imagine throwing his hard-earned money 
like this. He said amid sobbing: "Father! My entire body is aching. 

My back has rashes and you are asking me to throw the money into the well."
At this the businessman smiled. He told him that one feels the pain only 
when the fruits of hard labour are wasted. On earlier two occasions 
he was helped by his mother and sister and therefore had no pain 
in throwing the coins into the well. 

The son had now realized the  value of hard work. 
He vowed never to be lazy and safe keep 
the father's wealth. The father handed over the keys of his shop 
to the son and promised to guide him through the rest of the life.

Moral of the Story: 

Some of the life's best lessons come from 
the hardest situations.