Don’t Give up Too Soon!

don't give up too soonA few days back, one of my friends forwarded a very touching story that I thought should share with you today.

No matter how talented or capable you are, a time always comes in life where you feel hopeless and think that you are good for nothing.

But wait….

May be you were born to do something different and make a different kind of impact to your as well as the life of others.

So let me tell you this story….

Once there was a man who dropped out of university. Later on, he got married and worked as a teacher in a primary school. The man was shy and had difficulty asserting himself. And due to his relative lack of experience, he was troubled and harassed by tougher students.

In less than a week, after not being able to discipline the students, the man decided to quit and returned home quite dejected. His wife wiped his tears comforting him with the words:

‘You should not be too sad about it. Probably there is a more suitable job waiting for you out there.’

The man gaining some strength from his wife’s words tried to search for another job and managed to find one. But this time, he was fired because his employer thought he was too slow to keep pace with his other colleagues.

Shattered, he came back and told his wife that he was good for nothing. In school, he was harassed by students. In this job, his other colleagues seemed to be more competent than him.

This time, his wife commented:

‘There are always people who are skilful and non-skilful. Some have experience from their years of work. As for you, you were in school all this while. So, how could you acquire these needed skills?’

Re-assured, the man kept applying for numerous openings but could never stay for long in any job. Each time, he returned dejected, his wife would comfort him and never told him that she was disappointed or resentful.

The man was in his thirties when he acquired a flair in languages. He became a counsellor in a school for the deaf and mute. Later on, he opened a school for the disabled. A few years later, he set up chain stores in different cities and provinces selling apparatus & equipment for the disabled. Soon he became a multi-millionaire in a sector which no one knew that it existed.

The man was John Doe!

One day Doe asked his wife. ‘When everything was looking bleak, how did you have so much faith in me?’

His wife gave him a very simple reply.

don't give up too soonShe said, ‘When a piece of land is not suitable for planting wheat, we could try planting beans. If the beans are not growing well, we could try planting fruits or gourds. If the vegetation is not economical, we can instead scatter buckwheat seeds. These seeds will one day bloom into flowers. On this land itself, there will be one seed that will germinate and grow.’

After having listened to the wife’s explanation, John couldn’t control his tears. His wife’s faith, love, patience, and persistence in him is likened to the one seed in the land. This is the seed that persists and creates the miracle on this piece of land.

“In this world, there’s no one person who is useless. It is just that they have not positioned themselves firmly in the right place.”

Have a nice day!

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