The Daily Prompt for today said:
Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.
Now, the book that was kept nearest to me was “Who Will Cry When You Die?” by Robin Sharma and thats because I am currently reading the book….
The 3rd line on the 82 page says: so important that you realize your goals?” they often
Lets see what best i can do with it….
Once upon a time….there was a 4th grade class with an old teacher who seemed like a grandfather to a bunch of kids surrounding him…the man had gray white hairs and his skin was loose….he was firm and strict as a stick but also soft as silk when it came to his class….
All the kids loved him a lot….he was always a patient listener….a guiding soul…a friend they played games with and a father who shared his food and experiences with them….
There was one thing that he always said as the day began…he always said…”Kids, why is it so important that you realize your goals?” they often wondered what he meant by this sentence and being kids of a 4th grade they always seemed to fail to understand what this old man is trying to tell them….
At the beginning of the session, they thought he is asking them a question and framed some answers like….”Sir, to win over the other team in a game of football” or “To keep our grades up in class” or they would just be quiet when they seemed to have no answer….Over time, they felt that our teacher was a little insane and keeps repeating these words every morning like a prayer….so may be this is part of some morning prayer…and they repeated the words with him….
Whatever the response was, the teacher always smiled and gave a deep sigh….and then simply begun with the lesson of the day….
This was a usual routine he followed each day without fail….One fine day, he was feeling weak, struggling to stand up but still asked the same question…
“Kids, why is it so important that you realize your goals?” Suddenly, one arm shot up in air….asking permission to answer….the kids looked at the arm in amaze….it wasn’t one among them…it was somebody standing at the door….waiting to answer the question….the teacher recognized him and smiled…he was also one of the 4th grade student he had taught 25 years back….The teacher nodded his head permitting the man to answer his question….
The man said….”To be like you, Sir….” There were tears in the old man’s eyes…he smiled…he cried while the man came to him…touching his feet for blessings and hugging him holding him to stand….
The man then said… “I had forgotten this quest long time back and as others, I was repeating this line every day of my morning still believing it was a prayer… I achieved everything that people wanted me to….I had money, house, friends, family, companies and what not…but still something was missing from my life….It was LIFE Sir…Today morning, when I was leaving for my office, my 4th grader son asked me this same question that you asked him yesterday….and I suddenly realized that you simply wanted us to teach one thing…and that is… to live our lives….to be happy…and that will only happen when we realize what we want of our lives and that is why sir, it is so important to realize our goals in life just like you have….Your goal in life is to teach and give in as much as you can to the kids around you…that is what makes you happy and that is the secret of your lovely smile…the smile I always tried to mimic but never could….”
That’s the end of the story….I framed this up while I was typing….I am no writer…so please forgive if it came out in a lousy manner….I hope you guys like it…and it helps each one of us to rethink why is it so important to realize our goals in life….