|A Mortal's Choice (standard:Inspirational stories, 663 words)|
|Author: azzir||Added: Nov 01 2010||Views/Reads: 1458/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle-Albert Einstein” A story of how to live life to the fullest.|
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle-Albert Einstein” Most of us grumble of our recent condition – social status, outward appearance, career and material wealth. Sadly, these anxieties often lead to dissatisfaction which results to unhappiness. Yes, one step ahead of achieving our goal gives happiness, career promotion plasters gay in our face, and an enhancement of appearance boosters confidence and somehow satisfaction. But what happens after these? Don't you think all of these only provide temporary happiness? If your answer is yes to the latter question, then you're right. Today, millions sought the advice of admired individuals and buy books from well-known authors. Indeed, man is searching for absolute happiness. He believes that wealth and fame are mere transitory, and that it doesn't quench man's hungry soul. Let me share with you an experience of mine which happened just recently. I hired a professional driver to tutor me for a driving lesson. ‘Manong Pablo', which I often called him, is a simple man with six children. It is noticeable that he is a man of principle with his sixty years of existence. His firm, crumpled hands signifies his long time of hard work, his bronze colour indicates that he has been staying under the sun for so many years, and his white hair and lined forehead imply the challenges that he surmounted along the way. What makes him interesting then? On one of the sessions, we talked about life and its complexity. I shared to him my problems, difficulties and woes. Then he said, “Maam, it's evident that you are more blessed than I am – you have a stable job, a nice place to stay, enough money to buy what you wanted. There's no reason for you to get despair and unhappy.” In reply, I said “Manong, I observed that you are always happy, don't you have any problem?” He said, “Maam, all of us have problems in life but I entrusted all these obstacles to our Supreme Creator. I believe that everything happens for a reason, it may not be good today but I'm sure it has a purpose in the near future. I always thank Him for all the blessings that come along the way. Well, being contented of what I have, loving my family and the neighbours, showing generosity and kindness to everybody, and counting all the blessing – all of these are the ingredients of genuine happiness.” I did not reply to what he said. I just stared away from nowhere. Then silence dominated. While practicing, we passed by near their location. He invited me to their house, and opted to go with him. It's a hundred and fifty meter away from the street. While we were walking, I noticed that he has so many friends acknowledging his presence. Also, he never hesitated to help the old man carrying a pale full of water. We passed on a narrow road and a wooden bridge. We stopped on a small, dilapidated ‘kubo', underneath is brackish, sea water. Then he said, “Maam, this is where I and my family lived. Forgive me for it's just only a small nipa house with corrugated cartoons attached in the wall”. I warmly smiled at him and nod. We entered into the house, and there I saw his family. The youngest about three years old, upon seeing us ran to meet and hug his father. His other children greeted me, and kissed their father. They were happy of what their father brought, and shared the food proportionately. His wife, who is a simple housewife – treated me with immense hospitality. Theirs is a family veiled with peace and absolute happiness. And home is the perfect term for their small house. Upon leaving their home, deep in my mind – today, I learned the greatest lesson of life. Driving – no it's not. But finding the answer of man's greatest quest:). Tweet
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