I got this story from a friend – to illustrate about how things turn out because of difference in perception.
On his death bed a father gave his last message to his wife for his two sons:
- First: don’t ever press for payment of someone’s debt to you
- Second: don’t let the sunray shines upon your face when you go to work
The time has passed by… Couple years after their father died, the eldest has gotten richer but the youngest has gotten poorer.
One day the mother asked about this to the sons.
The poor youngest son said:
”It happened because I did what father asked me to do. Father ordered me not to collect the debt from those that owed me money. It reduced my capital because the people who owed me money didn’t pay their debt to me and I can’t press them for payments.”
“He also ordered me not to let the sun shines upon me every time I go to or return from work to my house. So, I have to take becak or andong whereas in fact I can walk. Then just because I want to follow my father’s last message my expense for this has eaten my saving too.“
The mother also asked the eldest the same question.
The rich eldest son said:
”It all happened because I have followed my father’s last message. Father ordered me not to collect the debt from those that owed my money, so I never lend my money, and it doesn’t reduce my capital.”
”My father also ordered me not to let the sunray shines upon me whenever I go to or return from work. Everyday I go to my shop before the sun rises and go home after the sun sets. So, my shop becomes the only shop that opens before all other shops in the neighborhood open and closes after all other shops in the neighborhood have closed.”
”Due to this routine, people know that my shop operates longer than any shops in the neighborhood and it makes my shop very popular and boost my sales.”
The moral of the story:
An order or command can be perceived differently. If we have positive attitude we tend to look through things positively, open-mindedly – we can see that any obstacles are actually a path that leads to our success. Yet,.. we can wander aimlessly if we just follow order or command without using our own reasonable judgment – things that may lead to failure. The choice is yours.
Try to do ordinary things extraordinary well.