Once there were 2 brothers who lived on the 80th floor of a tall building. On coming home one day, they realized to their dismay that the lifts were not working and that they have to climb the stairs home. After struggling to the 20th level, panting and tired, they decided to abandon their bags and come back for them the next day. They left their bags then and climbed on.
When they have struggled to the 40th level by this time they had gone sufficiently mad and irritated. The younger brother started to grumble and both of them began to quarrel. They continued to climb the flights of steps, quarreling all the way to the 60th floor.
They then realized that they have only 20 levels more to climb and decided to stop quarreling and continue climbing in peace. They silently climbed on and reached their home at long last. Each stood calmly before the door and waited for the other to open the door. And they realized that the key was in their bags which were left on the 20th floor.
This story is a reflection on our life and times. All of us climb the tall building called life, some till all the 80 floors and some less. Many of us climb under the expectations of our companion.
Time to time there are our friends and parents till the 20th floor, then our spouse and our dear ones till the next level of the building. We seldom get to do the things that we really like and love and are under so much pressure and stress so that by the age of 20, we get tired and decide to dump this load. Being free of the stress and pressure, we work enthusiastically and dream ambitious wishes.
By the time we reach 40 years old, we start to lose our vision and dreams. We began to feel unsatisfied and start to complain and criticize. We live life as a misery as we are never satisfied.
Reaching 60, we realize that we have little left for complaining anymore and we began to walk the final episode in peace and calmness. We think that there is nothing left to disappoint us, only to realize that we could not rest in peace because we have an unfulfilled dream, a dream we abandon 60 years ago.
Know your dreams and follow it so that you will not live with regrets.
Help others and thank God.
Accept yourself. Believe in yourself. Like yourself.
Inside each of us are powers so strong, treasures so rich, possibilities so endless, that to command them all to action would change the history of the world.
(contributed by : A Mohan Rao on 17.02.2011)