Difficult to Improve
There was this chain smoker who could not refrain from smoking at anytime if he was awake. He wanted to go to a religious gathering but was afraid that the priest would not approve his smoking. His friend suggested he should ask for permission. He approached the priest and asked,”sir, may I smoke while I am in prayer attending the function?”. The priest turned him down and suggested he should fisrt finish smoking before he entered the room for his prayers. Our man was depressed and his friend said not to worry and he would get the permission. His friend approached the priest the next day and said with hesitation, “sir, I have a doubt in my mind. I need some clarification”. Encouraged by the priest, he asked “sir, would the Good Lord be upset if I am praying silently while smoking? I feel like praying all the time but I don’t pray as I feel I shouldn’t while I am smoking”. The priest said, “son, the Lord is very kind. HE would be so pleased that He is in your thoughts all the time. Please do pray while you are smoking, in the bath, while walking the dog—whenever you want”.
He attended the religious function, smoked his way through while sitting in the back.
Once upon a time there was a painter who had just completed his course. He took 3 days and painted beautiful scenery. He wanted people’s opinion about his caliber and painting skills.
He put his creation at a busy street-crossing.
And just down below a board which read -“I have painted this piece. Since I’m
new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc.
Please put a cross wherever you see a mistake.”
While he came back in the evening to collect his painting he was completely shattered to see that whole canvass was filled with Xs (crosses) and some people had even written their comments on the painting.
Disheartened and broken completely he ran to his master’s place and burst into tears.
This young artist was breathing heavily and master heard him saying ” I’m useless and if this is what I have learnt to paint I’m not worth becoming a painter. People have rejected me completely. I feel > like dying”
Master smiled and suggested “My Son, I will prove that you are a great artist and have learnt flawless painting. Do as I say without questioning it. It will work.”
Young artist reluctantly agreed and two days later early morning he presented a replica of his earlier painting to his master. Master took that gracefully and smiled.
“Come with me.” master said. They reached the same street-square early
morning and displayed the same painting exactly at the same place. Now master
took out another board which read -“Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I’m new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. I have put a box with colors and brushes just below. Please do a favor. If you see a mistake, kindly pick up the brush and correct it.”
Master and disciple walked back home.
They both visited the place same evening. Young painter was surprised to see that actually there was not a single correction done so far. Next day again they visited and found painting remained untouched. They say the painting was kept there for a month for no correction came in.
Moral of the story:
It is easier to criticize, but DIFFICULT TO IMPROVE.
So don’t get carried away or judge yourself by someone else criticism and feel depressed…
JUDGE YOURSELF! YOU ARE YOUR BEST JUDGE.
(contributed by: user Kasi Nath on 09.06.2011)