Monday, 10 November 2008

Monday morning Inspiration # 50


A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" He then stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and a wonderful family, but realizing his father was very old, he thought perhaps he should go to see him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make the arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.

When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he was reading, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words….."PAID IN FULL".
How many times do we miss blessings because they are not packaged as we expected? Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

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21 comments:

Jarlin said...

Good one! Yes, we would miss important things in life if we don't have patience and look at in detail

Keep writing...

--xh-- said...

so true, many times, we look at the package and throw away stuff just coz they didnt come in a pack as we expected...

Vasanthan said...

never judge a book by its cover!

manivannan said...

Very true...Wonderful story! There is a lesson for me :)

Gopal said...

Hey u wrote this?? Really lovely!!

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Jarlin

Exactly, patience is the virtue of success :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Anoop

yea, it even made me realise after reading this story :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Vasanthan

That was a short and smart comment :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Manivannan

Thank you! Im glad it helped many of us realise :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Gopal

No, I found it interesting while reading it somewhere around so put it up here.

Lena said...

thats really a great story! too often we miss things in life just because we fail to see closer.

daredevil said...

beautiful wish it was not true

Raghavan alias Saravanan M said...

Perfect!

//How many times do we miss blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?//

Very true!!

// Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.//

Awesome!

Raghavan alias Saravanan M said...

@Vasanthan,

//never judge a book by its cover!//

My 2 cents :) Very true!!

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Raghavan

Thanks ! :) Your comments always motivate me to a higher level. Keep them coming ;)

Raghavan alias Saravanan M said...

//Thanks ! :) Your comments always motivate me to a higher level. Keep them coming ;)//

Glad to hear that. Its my pleasure and I would definitely keep doing it!

sriny.96 said...

Nice twist in the end..

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@sriny

Hope you liked it :)

sriny.96 said...

Dudette post more of these O'Reilly kinda short stories..I love 'em

sriny.96 said...

O'Henry type of short stories..sorry

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Sriny

Sure, I will :)