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