Friday, 4 January 2008

Monday morning Inspiration # 17

My MMI comes a couple of days early this week as i wouldn't be around on Monday. Hope most of you wouldn't mind :) Here goes this week's dose and the first one for this year....

We all know there is no use crying over spilled milk. But this story is different.Its about how the little boy who spilled the milk went on to become a famous scientist.

He was then a 5 year old. As he was trying to remove a vessel of milk from the refrigirator he lost his grip on the vessel and it fell, spilling its contents all over the kitchen floor - a veritable sea of milk!

When his mother came into the kitchen, instead of yelling at him,giving him a lecture or punishing him she said,"Robert, what a great and wonderful mess you have made! I have rarely seen such a hue puddle of milk. Well, the damage has already been done. Would you like to get down and play in the milk a few minutes before we clean it up?" Indeed, he did.

After a few mins his mother said, " you know Robert, whenever you make a mess like this, eventually you have to clean it up and restore everything to its proper order. So, how would you like to do that? We could use a sponge, a towel or a mop.Which do you prefer?" He chose the sponge and they cleaned up the spilled milk.

His mother then said,"You know, what we have here is a failed experiment in how to effectively carry a big vessel of milk with two tiny hands. Let's go out in the backyard and fill the vessel with water and see if you can discover a way to carry it without dropping it." The little boy learned that if he grasped the vessel by balancing the weight in both the hands than over-burdening one of the hands, he could carry it without dropping it. What a wonderful lesson!

The now renowned scientist, when only five learned that he heedn't be afraid of making mistakes. Instead, he learned that mistakes were just opportunities for learning something new,which,after all, is what scientific experiments are all about. Even if the experiment doesn't work, we usually learn something valuble from it.

Wouldn't it be great if all parents responded the same way Robert's mother responded to him??

story courtesy : Frpzen thoughts

Twenty years from now you will be more dissapointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover
- Mark Twain

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P.S : I have started a new blog(Shalini's travelogue)in which I will be writing my globe trotting experiences , if you would be interested you can link my travelogue to your blogroll . Thank you! I would be sharing my experiences at Singapore on both random thoughts as well as my travelogue , but will contine writing my previous travel experiences there after the Singapore series.

I would not be around in the blogosphere for the next one week. See you all!Take care, Have a great time!


Deepak Gopi said...

Nice post.

Kuttibalu said...

Nice Post.
I hv tagged u, check my Fave Five Post
Wish you a Happy Week End.

Lena said...

i wish all the parents could be this way when children break things or do something wrong. Unfortunately it is not like this.
Nice story and really makes us think :)
See you after a week :)

Melanie said...

Oh wow- I love this post. As a teacher I would love to see more parents think this way!

Enigma said...

humm..well it would have been gr8 if most parents were that way..would have got a lot of geniuses around...gr8 post

Kalyan said...

Nice one as usual, but this time before time...have a nice Sunday & the week ahead!

--xh-- said...

man, that is just great. will try to etch this in memory - will come in handy whn i becomea dad :)
wish u a super duper trip :)

Sudhakar said...

First-that is a nice story.
Second-Nice way to offer your blog for blogrolling.
Third-Happy journey.

Raghavan alias Saravanan M said...

excellent post and enjoyed reading it fully!

thank you!

//Wouldn't it be great if all parents responded the same way Robert's mother responded to him??

Perfect and very true! :)

All the best for your travalogue blog as well!

Filarial said...

thats a really nice story I am glad I acame aross it today!..:)

Drama Div@ said...

Are you having fun?

tulipspeaks said...

thats a good motivating one!


Abhishek Khanna said...

nice one

preetilata said...

wowww! shalini! wat n inspiring post! good work dearie.

btwn wenevr u r bk..plz ck out my 7th jan's post. 3 awards r waiting 4 u thr. i hope u will lv thm :)

tk cr n cm bk soon
:) :) :)

nandoo said...

nice story... children must always be allowed to make mistakes...

my kid will surely brought up in this manner ;)

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