Monday, 7 April 2008

Monday morning Inspiration # 26

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer.

One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.

At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel. "Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.

"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.

"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of."

And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, he graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time?


The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill.

His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

Someone once said:
"What goes around comes around."
Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Sing like nobody's listening.
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

To read other Monday morning Inspirations click here.


Vasanthan said...

This is karma at its best.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

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Lena said...

Is it a true story?? Really amazing!! :)
Thanks for sharing!

Sudhakar said...

Nice to see your photo and Good to hear that there is bloggers meet.Hope to come.I will comment after reading the post.

Sudhakar said...

Wow what a story !!!Where do you get all these stories?!!Really inspiring.And the final words of lesson is really nice one.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thanks! :)

@Mel avila

Will surely take up your tag soon. Its been quite a while since I did tags so im kinda excited to do it all over again .


Glad to know you liked it. Yup, its a true story :)


I hope to bump into a lot of bloggers during the meet as well, but still not sure if i would be able to make it up. Glad to know you like my MMI s I come across them in books or internet and there are a few stories which I have written as well.