IMAGINE this. You’ve been
preparing for the most prestigious exam of your nation, The Civil Services Exam.
You know getting into that coveted services could make your life. Your
parents have been praying for this
day, hoping you get admission in LBSNAA. And
then when the entrance results are out, you find you haven’t made it.
What do you do?
Do you say “Oh, this is terrible. I
am doomed!”? Do you worry about it for a long time, and blame your luck and the circumstances that
conspired to keep you out? Or do
you say, “Wow, this is good!” and
What you say could actually make a difference to the rest of your life.
It is a good idea to believe that
whatever happens, happens for
good. That doesn’t change your
past, but it can dramatically alter
your future. It doesn’t help to
worry about things you cannot
change. Focus instead on what you can change.
When you get caught up in looking
back at your misfortune, you start looking for someone else to blame. And rather than working on picking up the pieces and building a new future, you start looking for excuses. When one door shuts, there is no point in banging your head against it.Look out instead for other doors that may be opening up. Next time you find
yourself in that situation, pause,
take a deep breath, and smile. And remind yourself about this story of an African king and his dear friend.
The king’s friend was a cheerful
person, very optimistic. Whenever something happened – good or bad
– the friend would remark, “This is good!” They would often go on
hunting expeditions, and the friend would help prepare the rifles for the king. One day, the friend made a mistake with one of the guns. When the king took that gun and pulled the trigger, his thumb got
blown off. Seeing what happened,
the friend remarked, “This is
good!” That infuriated the king and landed his friend in jail.
A few years hence, another hunting expedition took the king to a place, inhabited by cannibals. The cannibals caught him and began celebrating their upcoming feast.
The king’s hands were tied and he
was being washed to be put into a large earthen pot that was being readied for cooking. Just then,
someone noticed that the king had no thumb. As it happened, these cannibals were a superstitious lot.
They never ate anyone who was less than whole. So the king was set free.
As he headed back to his palace,
the king recalled the incident when he had lost his thumb. He realized his dear friend was right in saying,
“This is good!” Losing a thumb that
day had actually saved his life. He
quickly ordered his friend to be set free. He narrated to his friend
what had happened and apologized.
“I shouldn’t have put you in
prison,” said the king. “That was
“No, no. This is good!” said the
friend. “What do you mean,” asked
the King. “How could sending you
to jail have been good?”
“Don’t you see?”said the friend, “If
I had not been in jail, I would have been out with you. And the
cannibals would then have killed
and eaten me!”
So, next time you find things are
not going your way, think of the
king’s thumb. And whatever
happens, just say, “This is good!”
Your world will be a better place.
None of us can control external
events. What happens can be good or bad. What you can control is
your response, your feelings. You
can choose to feel good or you can choose to feel bad. The choice is yours.
When you moan and say this is
bad, the mind gets conditioned to look for difficulty in opportunity.
And when you say this is good, the mind looks for opportunity in
difficulty. And therein lies the
difference between winners and
Just say ‘this is good’. It’s a good
mantra to live by…
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